Scientists are monitoring an aggressive fish that could make its way to the mainland of Australia soon. The Climbing Perch has the ability to live up to six days without water and it can crawl on dry land.
Nathan Waltman, a scientist at James Cook University, told Australia’s ABC News that the fish is dangerous to other species.
“Their gill covers, they can flex them out and get caught in the throats of fish and birds, so that leads to the animal dying,” Waltman said.
The fish right now is in the Torres Strait, which is an island north of the Australian mainland. Scientists are concerned the fish may make it into a fishing boat. They believe it could easily survive a trip to the mainland.
The team at James Cook University are working to educate fishermen to throw away the fish to avoid it from spreading.