(Photos: Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
This fellow with a handsome mug is a lamprey, a type of fish. It's a parasite that attaches itself to other fish with its tooth-filled sucker mouth, then sucks the life out of its host. We've all known people like this guy.
At least four of have been found and counted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. One was captured alive. CNN reports:
Most were dead, but one was found alive outside a Fairbanks thrift store.
"Two gentleman came in and asked if we have a bucket with water because there's an eel in your parking lot," said the store's manager, Sue Valdrow. She put the fish, which was about a foot long, into a container of water and called officials.
It's likely that birds are capturing the fish in the Chena River, then dropping them from the air.