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Yurok Biologist Discovers Lamprey Sub-Species

Dino Kanlic, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55108826
A lamprey at Bonneville Dam. Yes, the teeth are sharp.

The salmon and steelhead are the glamour fish of western rivers.  But you'll find lamprey in many of the rivers, too.

A lamprey is a jawless fish--don't call it an eel--that attaches to other fish for feeding. Lamprey are very important to Native Americans in the region, and it was a member of the Yurok tribe, biologist Keith Parker, who discovered that there are actually two distinct sub-species of lamprey. 

His work through the Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department is garnering attention.  Keith Parker visits to talk about the work that led to his discoveries. 

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