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Fish that can breath only air and crawl across land
April 30, 2013 07:21PM
Air-breathing snakehead fish has N.Y. environmental officials on alert

By Deborah Netburn

April 30, 2013, 2:26 p.m.

The northern snakehead is an invasive predator fish that can perform all kinds of non-fish-like feats -- like breathing only air for up to four days and even using its fins to crawl across land to get to a body of water.

And this weekend, environmental officials in New York will be checking to see if any of these super-fish are lurking in Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in Central Park.

Hopefully, they won't find one.

"If we spot one, we will take it out, but there is no confirmation that there are any in there," said Rodney Rivera, a spokesman for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Native to China, Russia and the Koreas, the snakehead has no natural predators here in America, where it has been invading our waters.

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