By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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(CNN) – The Northern Snakedhead fish is not going to win any beauty contests.
With a mouth full of sharp teeth beneath bulging eyes, the invasive predator – native to waters in China and Russia – may be threatening the balance of the ecosystem of the Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in New York’s Central Park.
[2:46] “It can attack and feed on the other fish that are there which would disrupt the water body,” said Rodney Rivera of the New York State Department of Environmental Protection. “The fact that it breaths and it spends some of its time above water it’s kind of an interesting one to most folks.”
Some urban fly fisherman have come to the lake in hopes of being saviors to the dozens of turtles, ducks and schools of carp that live there.
Robert Burstein was trying to hook one of the nefarious fish..
[3:47] “I’m trying to protect the inhabitants of the pond. Maybe it’s just the desire to fight a monster.”
It’s not clear how the Northern Snakehead could’ve wound up in this lake. It’s actually illegal to own a live Northern Snakehead in New York.