NANFA-L-- flesh eating lampreys

Mike Austin (
Mon, 5 Dec 2005 14:37:28 -0800 (PST)

Came across a program on the "History Channel" about the Roman Empire and there was reference to emperors torturing slaves by throwing them into pools full of "flesh eating lampreys".....this reference was supported by footage showing a writhing mass of lampreys (not eels). Pools that supported lamprey were different from all others (baths, swimming etc.) in that they contained inverted pots embeded into the edges of the concrete walls...each pot was occupied by a lamprey....

I didn't know lamprey attacked people.... is there any truth to this? What species and where?

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