Invasive Great Lakes Animal Species and their Native Territory
Since the 1880's, many non-native animal species have wreaked havoc on Great Lakes ecosystems. Human activities, such as emptying contaminated ballast water from ships, is largely to blame. The Coast Guard and scientists are figuring out how to fight against all these aquatic invaders. So what exactly is invading the Great Lakes, and where did all these species come from?
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created December 30, 2016
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Find the Real Homes of Great Lakes Invaders
Not all the animals in the Great Lakes belong there. Some species are causing problems for the natives, such as eating their food, chasing them off their territory, and eating them for breakfast. If only these rowdy creatures would just go home! See if you can identify these invaders' real homes.
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|alewife||west Atlantic Ocean|
|sea lamprey||Atlantic Ocean|
|zebra mussel||Black, Caspian, and Azov Seas|
|round goby||Black and Caspian Seas|
|Asian carp||Southeast Asia|
|spiny water flea||Europe and Asia|