They were apparently purchased as a food item for a sick relative by a man
in New York City's Chinatown. They were supposed to have been made into
soup, but, for whatever reason, the man in question decided not to make
soup and put the two fishes into an aquarium.
He kept them shortly, inlcuding moving them to the Crofton area. They
were then released.
So, although it is correct technically to call this an aquarium release, I
don't think its quite right to. Aquarium releases are typically when some
unsuspecting (or just plain irresponsible) aquarist buys a nice, cute
little fish and puts it into their tank load of Neon Tetras, only to watch
tehm vanish one by one as it grows. Then, realizing that the beloved
Snakehead, Oscar, or what have you is just a whee tad too big for that
giant twenty gallon tank, release it into some pond.
Also, biologists captured a hundred plus juvenile snake heads recently
from the pond, something I haven't seen so far.
Joshua L. Wiegert
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On Thu, 11 Jul 2002 ichthos_at_charm.net wrote:
> Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 20:09:42 GMT
> From: ichthos_at_charm.net
> Reply-To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
> To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net
> Subject: NANFA-- MD snakeheads came from an aquarium
> A Maryland resident dumped two northern snakeheads into a small
> Crofton pond more than two years ago when they were no longer wanted
> as pets, reports the Associated Press and The Baltimore Sun.
> The individual was sorry, the report says, and had no idea that the action
> was harmful. In fact, the person thought letting the fish go was a "good
> Oh, and another baby snakehead was caught today.
> See the article at:
> Chris Scharpf
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