The invasive, pervasive abomination of a fish commonly known as the Asian carp now has a super-sized specimen under study at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
The 115-pound female fish, a black carp, was caught by commercial fishers near Cape Girardeau, Missouri and given to the university for research, according to SIU. Scientists hope to learn more about the invasive species range, health and reproductive potential, said associate professor of zoology Gregory Whitledge in a news release.
Graduate student Hudman Evans wasted no time in removing organs and taking tissue samples from the fish over the weekend.
“This specimen will contribute diet analysis data to my project and also shed light on how black carp diets change as they get older and grow to bigger sizes,” he said in the news release.
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The university has collected about 150 of the fish for its studies on how the invasive species are impacting native mussels.