are lampreys dangerous
Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:24 PM
When I was a kid their was a girl who brought a small lamprey preserved in a jar into class and said it attached to the leg of her sister when they were swimming in their backyard pond.
Their used to be a mini segment on ESPN between fishing shows on pond making, and the second part of it when they slipped on wet suits and dived into their new pond a lamprey swam up, latched onto a guys shoulder and later swam off, and oddly enough he didn't panic.
I also seen a show on natures bloodsuckers that said lampreys have been known to attach to people attempting to swim accross the great lakes, especially when the cool water drops the swimmers body temperature, and of course showed the host with one attached.
I am nervous to set foot into the fast current of the main stem of the connecticut river due to the presence of the one freshwater fish of north america who sees people as food, but i really want to sample their. So I have to ask this question.
Are sea lampreys dangerous?
Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:48 PM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:21 PM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:13 PM
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:03 AM
Picture this: It's 2:00 AM on the dark of the moon. You're standing all alone [don't try this at home kiddies] waist deep on a gravel bar 30 yards from shore in a large river. It's eerily quiet except occasional small splashes of migrating herring. Spooky patches of mist drift down river with the current. You feel something bump your wader covered leg. Feels like trash drifting with the tide, but it's on the wrong side of the leg, and it happens again, then again more forcefully. Clicking on your head lamp, you see a four foot long lamprey, thick as a baseball bat, that is looking to rest and has mistaken your leg for a boulder.
It's happened enough to me that now I too am totally calm. Just kick your leg and they realize their mistake. I do not believe they are trying to feed, just hang on for awhile.
If you had a weak heart or a tendency to bolt in panic [bad habit on gravel bars at night], you might meet with some harm.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 08:52 AM
Lampreys were a popular delicacy in ancient Rome, so it is not unlikely that a wealthy and extravagant Roman (such as Pollio was reputed to be) would keep a pool of them on his property. The rest is dubious to say the least.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:17 PM
Has anyone here ever eaten a lamprey? I keep hearing how they are a delicacy but does anyone really eat them and how would you cook em?
Lamprey is quite good table fare actually. It is a mild flavored fish but it is also quite surprisingly fatty. Several different ways to cook it and prepare it. It is usually stewed or braised in some way but is not all that bad hot or cold smoked. After hot smoking it can be stored under oil for some time and is not much different than a good quality smoked sardine.
Best I ever tasted was using it in a traditional Cajun Sauce Piquant on the spicy side. Dang good and yummy.
Posted 07 July 2010 - 02:48 PM
Breakfast of a champion.
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