freshwater shrimp in the Monongahela River?!

Discussion in 'LOCAL WEST VIRGINIA TALK' started by CatFighter, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. CatFighter

    CatFighter New Member

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    So I'm catching bait for tomorrow's catfishing adventure, and in my minnow trap I find three transparent creatures that look exactly like shrimp!

    In fact, they look like the "ghost shrimp" that you can buy as food for tropical fish.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? Are these an invasive species or something? Everyone I've talked to has never heard of this (I haven't mentioned it to the DNR yet).

    I wish i had my camera, though they looked exactly like this:

    http://collegeishard.tv/blog/ghost-shrimp.jpg

    and I thought maybe they were crayfish babies, but they didn't have pinchers, and were about 4cm long.
     
  2. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    They found a few down around Pittsburgh way last year, it was in the paper.
     

  3. CatFighter

    CatFighter New Member

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    I saw that; I emailed David Argent, the researcher, about it. Maybe I'll get in the local paper:

    "Catfighter, local catfisherman and BOC member . . . . " :smile2:
     
  4. Catfishn22

    Catfishn22 New Member

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    A friend of mine saw some at Catawba a couple years ago! They are in there for sure! :)