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Claim: Video clip shows fish jumping into a boat.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2006]
Origins: Several species of Asian carp native to China have escaped from U.S. fish farms and are now commonly found in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin. Asian carp typically grow to a length of about four feet or more and weigh around
The silver carp is the real jumper of the four Asian carp species now found in the Mississippi-Missouri River basin. These fish seem to hate boats and they'll jump completely out of the water when a boat is going by, apparently in response to the engine noise. If you crank up a big two-stroke outboard, that really makes 'em mad.So prevalent are the silver carp in certain
There have been numerous reports of boaters injured by flying carp and we've even had some of our own guys hurt. It's getting dangerous to be out on the water around here.
If you've got a pretty boat and one lands inside, it can be a real mess. I had one over
They're called "crazy fish" locally and probably a lot of unprintable other names, especially when they launch a surprise attack into the side of a boat or, worse yet, slam into a passenger. This seems to be happening with increasing frequency. Other CDDs boaters use on the lower Missouri River and on the Mississippi aroundThe
Another video of boat-jumping Asian carp, this one shot on the Upper Mississippi, can be viewed here.
Last updated: 18 January 2006
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