We often consider shark or blue whale as one of those huge fishes that might be terrifying. But you are mistaken; as the world’s scariest fish is lamprey. Known for the bloodsucking feature, such fish is found every when in the world and mostly popular in England. Once upon a time, it was considered to be a delicacy but now thanks to the polluted environment, it seems that Lampreys are actually vanishing. But yes, environmentalists are working hard on keeping the species back to the region and trying best to make the species last for a long time.
1. The oldest vertebrate is one the verge of extinction
Research shows that lampreys existence is far before dinosaurs but, unfortunately they seem not be not handling the changing polluted environment pretty much. It seems that these bloodsucking fish are soon going to leave this Mother Nature which once was also considered to be the food for some people. With no economic value, their existence still matters to the environment.
2. Pollution is the Prime reason of Lampers Disappearance
So far, lampers managed to survive the changing environment be it ice age or even the era of volcano. They have witnessed Mother Nature changing to a great extent. Unfortunately, with the rising human population the rise of pollution has also become quite common. This is the main reason why you may not see lampers on the British rivers any longer. Pollution and industrial era is actually running their existence.
3. Lampers are the reason for the death of King Henry!
This protected species of England was considered to be once gorged by King Henry I which was the reason of his death. King Henry I during his empire had the fantasy of goring himself with such species but once when he over gorged them it got out of control and later caused his death. Unfortunately now that this species is vanishing slowly, the government of England has put ban on fishing such creatures and people who are found doing it will be jailed for the same.
Lamprey was considered to be once a traditional English food but no surprising to the fact that our Mother Nature is not coping with the polluted environment and their extinction is a perfect example of the same. Started with the life as burrowing freshwater larvae now they have become a bloodsucking specious which also feed on microorganisms. Once they transform into aults they start living a parasitic life but now it seems, Mother Nature has some other agenda saved for them.
Not all the lampreys spend their time in sea. You may find some in fresh water while some are landlocked. Petromyzon marinus is a perfect example of landlocked race and is seen more in the lakes of North America. Lampetra planeri is another popular species which is found surviving in fresh water and does not feed much once they become adults. They die soon after they reproduce. These things may sound interesting to you, but there is no denial to the fact that species is actually eradicating.