Killer Fish And Man-Eating Snakes: Nine Invasive Species That Are Destroying America

From the killer fish that can live on dry land to the thousand-pound wild pigs with teeth to match, here are nine of the most terrifying invasive species that are threatening American wildlife–and humans.

As pest-infested ships from distant lands pull into port and uncaring pet owners release their imported animals into the wild, a number of invasive species have made their escape onto American soil. With their hefty appetites, aggressive natures, and will to survive, many of these truly frightening animals are driving our native species nearly to the point of extinction.

Without their natural predators, these invasive species are free to thrive in their newfound environment–and wreak havoc. These are nine of the most alarming invasive species that are putting our habitats, our wildlife, and sometimes even ourselves in danger…

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Go Below Sea Level With These Gorgeous Underwater Photos

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A seal attempting to acquire its next meal. Source: Jorger Cervera Hauser

Writers and artists often use images of large bodies of water to symbolize the unknown. One look at nature photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser’s photography, though, and it seems that the ocean and its inhabitants are something Hauser knows incredibly well:

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underwater animal photography feeding ball

Some fish swarm together for protection, but they more accurately just become a feeding ball for nearby predators. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography sea turtle

The majestic sea turtle can live in excess of 100 years. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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A young croc peeking out above the water line. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography dolphin pod

Pods of dolphins are often seen playing when not feeding. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography blue stripes

This shark has a couple of unlikely companions. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography diver down

Deep sea divers experience things most of us can only dream of. Source:Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Sometimes you just need a rest, even if you’re a crocodile. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Pilot fish keep sharks free from parasites. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography yellow backs

The underwater world holds a wide array of vibrant colors and exotic species. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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An artistic composition of a shark from above. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Crystal blue waters and a cruising shark. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Stunning black and white photo of a pair of dolphins. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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A hammerhead shark swimming. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Artistic black and white of a cruising shark, from below. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Terror of the oceans, the great white shark! Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography tuna

Schools of tuna can number in the thousands. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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For many the massive great white shark will always conjure memories of the movie Jaws. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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A dolphin swimming upside down looks as though it is jumping out of the water. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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Black and white image of a ray burring into the sandy ocean floor. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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27 Incredible Underwater Pictures of Schooling Fish

Like starling murmurations, schooling fish are one of the world’s most wondrous natural phenomena. Not to be confused with shoaling fish (which refers to fish who gather to swim together socially), schooling fish are defined as a large group of fish that swim synchronously.

Swimming in a school allows fish to protect themselves from predators, improve foraging, and swim more efficiently. While scientists are still working to better understand fish schooling, experiments over the past few decades have provided much information about how (and why) fishes form schools.

For one, schooling is most likely a genetic behavior. In fact, a combination of behavioral traits and unique sensory abilities allow fish to move fluidly and in sync with the school. While schooling fish make moving in perfect time look easy, there are various factors that the fish must instantaneously account for; the fish must quickly respond to water currents and react instantly to changes within the group. Scientists have discovered that fish base their decisions on a synthesis of where all the fish in its field of view are headed, instead of following its nearest neighbors.

Check out these 27 pictures of the incredible phenomenon:

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This Betta Fish Photography Is Anything But Basic

Beautiful Betta Fish

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Sure, betta fish are pretty boring when they are left to swim alone in small, clear containers. Yet when captured under the lens of photographer Visarute Angkatavanich, bettas are anything but basic. Angkatavanich’s betta fish photography went viral last year when sites like This Is Colossal shared his photographs of colorful fish contrasted against black and white backdrops.

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