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Children, adults learn about invasive fish

January 1, 2019

Young children and parents gathered around a fish tank in Sandcastles Children’s Museum Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of a live sea lamprey, an invasive species that has caused big problems for the Great Lakes region.

The educational program was presented by Alan Wernette, an interpreter from the Ludington State Park, who teaches visitors at the park about wildlife as well as hosts special programs at local schools and other locations.

Inside the tank was an approximately 12-year-old sea lamprey nearing the end of its lifespan. Seeing the slimy aquatic creature up close helps kids with the learning process, Wernette explained.

“They get to understand a little bit about the fish and actually see a live fish,” he said. “When they see the live fish, they have a better chance of remembering it. That’s why I like to bring the live one in so they can see it — not just a picture.”

To read the full story, check out the print or E-edition of Monday’s Ludington Daily News.

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