Friday July 7, 2023


A new sighting of the so-called “Frankenfish” has prompted renewed warnings from wildlife officials that you shouldn’t just throw it back. 

While Frankenfish can conjure nightmarish images, it’s really a northern snakehead fish, or Channa argus. It may appear like a normal fish, but it has a special ability: it can breathe air, allowing it to slither onto land to find better water to swim in.

If they are able to stay moist, the snakehead can survive for up to four days out of the water, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says. 

The freshwater fish is originally from East Asia and is considered invasive because it preys on and competes with native species, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Invasive Species Information Center.

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