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Asian bighead carp swim in an exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. A federal judge Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 threw out a lawsuit filed by five states that want barriers placed in Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but said he would consider new arguments if the case were filed again. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Asian carp found in Chicago lagoon on display at Shedd Aquarium

December 23, 2012 at 08:01 AM

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Asian carp now call Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium home.

Shedd Aquarium debuted the fish on Thursday. Fisheries biologists with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources found the fish in an inland lagoon at Chicago’s Humboldt Park in October.

Officials say they’re unsure how the invasive species ended up in the lagoon. The carp are now on public display.

Asian carp were imported decades ago to the U.S. They migrated up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and are poised to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could out-compete native fish for food.

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Online: http://www.sheddaquarium.org


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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