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US, Canada Will Poison Sea Lamprey [VIDEO] in St. Marys River, Link to Lake Superior and Huron

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Jun, 24, 2013, 10:30 AM
A close-up of the invasive, blood-sucking sea lamprey.
A close-up of the invasive, blood-sucking sea lamprey.(Photo: REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

US and Canadian authorities are working together to rid the invasive sea lamprey from the St. Marys River, which flows to Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Starting July 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will poison lamprey larvae at the bottom of the river, according to The Evening News of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The poison application will conclude on Aug. 31.

The initiative to eradicate the sea lamprey, which invaded the waters in the early 20th century through shipping canals, has cost over $400 million, but has eliminated 90 percent of the lamprey's population.

Watch a video below of the blood-sucking sea lamprey below to learn more.


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