Rowing Team's Practice Is Disrupted By A Particularly Invasive Species Of Fish
Apr 17, 2015
This video was taken by Benjamin Rosenbaum, a varsity rower currently in his junior year. He says that getting pelted with carp around this time of year is virtually a "rite of passage," and he himself went through it back in 2013.
The Asian carp was brought to the United States for aquaculture due to its ability to filter out algae, but record floods resulted in the fish getting loose in the wild. With few natural predators and an abundance of food, they've become an invasive species in multiple river systems.
If Alfred Hitchcock ever considered an aquatic sequel to "The Birds," this clip of the Washington University at St. Louis freshmen rowers getting attacked by flying Asian carp would surely have served as great inspiration.