UNKNOWN PARASITE LATCHING ONTO STRIPERS, OTHER FISH

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UNKNOWN PARASITE LATCHING ONTO STRIPERS, OTHER FISH

Postby WB Staff » Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:33 pm

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Scientists are turning to anglers and fishermen to learn more about this yet-to-be-identified parasite. Photo: VIMS

UNKNOWN PARASITE LATCHING ONTO STRIPERS, OTHER FISH

Was your Halloween sufficiently spooky? If you need another dose of the strange and unusual, these creepy Chesapeake Bay parasites are quite real—and scientists need your help to learn more about them.

During the last few months, anglers have been catching fish in the Chesapeake with parasites attached to their bellies and fins. Striped bass and sheepshead are the most frequent hosts. One sheepshead was found carrying over 20 of the unsavory hitchhikers. Some on social media believe the parasites are simply sea lice, but that is not the case.

FULL STORY: https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/unkno ... ther-fish/

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