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BURNABY, B.C. — Biologists have reeled in an invasive predator fish that had been lurking in a pond in a park in Burnaby, B.C.

Crews had to lower the water level of the lagoon in Central Park in order to nab the snakehead, a torpedo-shaped fish with a toothy jaw that can snap up mammals two-thirds its size.


Conservation officers say the fish measured about two-thirds of a metre long and put up quite a fight before being caught and killed.

The search for the so-called Frankenfish was launched last month after someone caught the creature on video.

Snakeheads, which are native to fresh water in Russia and China, have few predators when fully grown and could pose a severe risk to B.C.’s wild salmon stocks if they reached the nearby Fraser River.

Snakeheads are capable of breathing oxygen and squirming short distances over land.

The Canadian Press

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