Divers discover elusive “vampire fish” in California rivers for the first time in decades


Diver Carlbury took a video of the “Vampire Fish” he saw on the American River in Sacramento this week. This is the first time I’ve seen it in 30 years.

“I shot a video of the second lamprey of the season and the second lamprey I saw in 30 years …. just a leisurely swim …” Bree captioned the video He posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Lamprey, Nickname of “vampire fish” A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Peter Thira, told CBS13 that the prominent teeth they feed are born in freshwater, move to the ocean and return after spawning.

According to Thira, the fish is native to the American River and California and, despite its name, does not hurt anyone.

According to the station, “they do no harm to people,” Thira said.

Bree told Active Nocal He has had “sporadic sightings” of baby lampreys, but it is even rarer to see adult vampire fish.

“A few years ago, not more than 5 inches long, I found half of the grown but dead lampreys, but this is the first full 24-inch lamprey I saw as in the 1970s.” He said according to the publication.

Lampreys do not bite people, but use a “sucker-like mouth” to catch their prey, Active Norcal reported.

Lamprey Considered a “concern” According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, numbers are declining in Southern California and the Columbia River basin in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Adult lamprey Range of 15 to 25 inches According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, it is 62 miles from the west coast and 300 to 2,600 feet deep.

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