Scientists inspecting the body of water found a huge version of a tiny species — and they fear it could change the famous lake forever.
Christine Ngai, a researcher who frequents the lake hunting invasive species, notably the largemouth bass, says the numbers found are astonishing and potentially devastating to the lake’s ecosystem.
‘One day they caught 15 in just this one corner in the Tahoe keys,’ she told KCRA.
An exact idea of their numbers, and for how long they’ve managed to survive, is still unknown.
In an effort to protect the lake’s delicate ecosystem that’s threatened by invasive fish, Ms Ngai visits the lake with a team who use electric prongs to stun fish for collecting from the water.
‘You can get 200 fish in one scoop,’ she told KCRA of their method.
But lately the results in that scoop have been far from ordinary.
‘You can just see these bright, golden orange things start to float up and you’re like what is that? and then you take a net and you scoop it up, and it’s a gold fish,’ she says.
To Ms Ngai and others who work to protect the lake, the surprise is far from pleasant.
Among environmentalists fears are that the fish will damage the ecosystem by eating other native animals’ food and even by spreading a koi herpresvirus easily transmittable to other fish.
Another major fear is that the fish will damage the water’s pristine clarity.
‘Those small little things that people do can have a large impact when you consider that you know, there’s probably not just one person doing it,’ Ted Thayer of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency told KCRA.
And people aren’t just dumping goldfish in in Lake Tahoe.
Sightings of the domestic fish have been in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, the U.K., and France where a man claimed to capture one weighing more than 30lbs.
In Tahoe, officials say the immediate threat to the lake is still the growing population of largemouth bass.
But with the spike in goldfish numbers, they say it’s an upcoming threat that can’t be ignored.
/Sources: KCRA And NewsaroundU
Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!
Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST
Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST
Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomics.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST
Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!
HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation
Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.
pathogens and gives you more
energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser! Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover - Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video)
Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.