You know the Show Boat refrain: "Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly..." Well, the Asian Carp certainly isn't humming along. Check out one of the many videos that show hundreds of these frenzied fish leaping as high as 10 feet into the air as a boat approaches. While some of the carp land in the water, others smack down like cannonballs into the boat, fracturing jaws, breaking arms, even knocking people into the water.
Yes, this is probably the only species in the world that catches you.
Big, ugly, invasive, pervasive, ravenous, repugnant, and soon to appear at a lake near you (the next could be Lake Michigan), the Asian carp has everyone from fishermen to the feds scrambling to find a solution. Sooner rather than later seems like a good idea. According to newsfeed.time.com, Asian carp can "grow into 4-foot-long, 100 pound monsters who devour 40 percent of their body weight daily." They destroy ecosystems by gorging themselves, and starving other species. They have no natural predators.
Ag departments and cooks—in areas where these fish are prevalent—are doing their best to turn them into fritters and deep-fried cakes. But it turns out that the Asian carp has a weird and unforgiving bony structure like no other fish. Even the best fishmonger can lose up to 90 percent of the fish just filleting it. And once that's finally done, the diner has a choice of either picking out or gagging on tiny bones that are next to impossible to get out.