More facts on grass carp found near Lake Erie.
These aren't the Asian carp that state and federal officials announced finding in the Sandusky River, but this is the image of a water system dominated by the invasive fish that everyone wants to keep out of Lake Erie.
The grass carp, which scientists now believe are reproducing in the Sandusky, eat aquatic plants and weeds. That sets them apart from the silver and bighead carp that out-eat native fish for food.
The fact that grass carp are reproducing in the river confirms something researchers long suspected - that asian carp of all species would find Lake Erie, and the streams that feed it, a great place to settle down and raise kids.
In truth, it would have been more surprising if the carp didn't like Lake Erie. Its shallow, western basin is among the warmest and most biologically diverse of all the Great Lakes.
It is currently home to a host of foreign fish mussels and plants, which already have irrevocably altered the lake ecology.
To learn more on the invasives that already inhabit Lake Erie, click here.