This Terrifying Fish That Claimed The Life of King Henry I Is Making A Comeback In England For The First Time Since 1800’s

When you think of the world’s most terrifying fish, you probably think of sharks, right? Well, I regret to inform you that the world’s scariest fish is actually the bloodsucking lamprey. The lamprey can be found all over the world, but over the years, populations in England have plummeted.

While some might call that a victory, the English see it as a tragedy. Lampreys were once an English delicacy. Unfortunately, outside factors like pollution have taken a toll on these critters. With the help of environmentalists, however, the species is making its way back to the region.

Lampreys are among the oldest vertebrate creatures in the world.

Evidence suggests that they’ve been lurking around in our waters since before the dinosaurs even showed up.

With the Industrial Revolution came devastating pollution, and fish populations suffered as a result.

Cheboygan River Sea Lamprey Trap Site, Bruce Eldridge, Renwood Pilarski

That’s why the lamprey disappeared from English dinner tables for almost two centuries.

A freshly released a Pacific Lamprey suctions onto the smooth glass of an underwater camera dome, demonstrating its ability to easily rest between swimming bursts in swift currents. This fish is one of hundreds that have been released into Snake River tributaries in Nez Perce lands over the last decade.

But now, they’re making a comeback.

Just to give you an idea of how important these fish used to be in England, it’s said that King Henry I died after gorging himself on fresh lamprey.

They have English conservationists to thank for their miraculous return.

But if you’re eager to get out there and catch your own English lamprey, we have some bad news. They are currently listed as a protected species in England, and fishing for them could result in jail time.