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Pacific Lamprey


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The pacific lamprey, native to the Northwest, is so primitive that it’s ancestors are among the earliest species in the fossil record. The species originated almost 350 million years ago. This unlovely fish was ignored by researchers in favor of game fish such as Trout and Salmon. Researchers near Cedar Creek are now looking more closely at the Lamprey as it’s life cycle mimics that of many Salmon.

First Broadcast: 2004
Producer: Jim Newman

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Aquarium Divers; Pacific Lamprey; Special Track Meet; Cascade Head Photo Essay (1511)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1511
Original Broadcast: August 14, 2008