Great Lakes eels are a conservation challenge

Something slithers beneath the surface of the Great Lakes and it’s not a sea lamprey.

It might look similar, but the mysterious American eel isn’t a sucker.

And it’s in trouble. Its population is decreasing dramatically and no one is sure why.

Great Lakes states “win” award; strive for the bottom

It’s always good to make a top ten list, right? Well, that’s not the case in a list where Great Lakes states rank in the top 10 for being least green. The Huffington Post reported on the list compiled by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website, and surprise! Great Lakes states claimed four of the 10 spots, including first (also known as last) and second places. 24/7 Wall St.

Terrestrial Terror: Final land brawl

By Alice Rossignol and Rachael Gleason

Editor’s note: Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror is an ongoing Great Lakes Echo series. Four weeks ago 16 of the most troublesome terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes region took to the ring to find out which one readers thought was the worst. Plants entered land brawls facing mammals; birds took the sky to ward off insects. But now it’s time to make the final decision.

Photo Friday: Breaking ice

This image comes from Lauren Jorgensen a petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Heading towards Cleveland, The Cutter Neah Bay breaks through ice on Lake Erie. To submit an image for consideration for Great Lakes Echo’s Photo Friday feature, send the image, a caption and your name to Put Photo Friday in the subject line.

MONDAY MASHUP: Great Lakes moon trees

In 1971 an astronaut orbited the moon while carrying seeds that were later planted across the country. Exact records of the “Moon tree” locations weren’t kept, but astronaut David Williams has tracked down some locations.

Great Lakes trumpeter swans are back

It’s time to break out the brass band because trumpeter swans are back.

Standing up to 4-feet tall with up to an 8-foot wingspan, trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America. Their Great Lakes range includes: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, New York and Ontario.

Early settlers hunted these birds nearly to extinction in the 1800s — using them to make powder puffs and feathered hats.

Indiana Fish of the Year

The longest fish caught in Indiana last year reached nearly to my shoulders. It was a 48-inch blue catfish wrangled by David Ben Mullen in the Ohio River. The catch was recorded in Indiana’s “Fish of the Year,” a contest where fisherman attempt to catch the longest fish of certain species. Fish like Lake Michigan’s brown trout, the longest of which was recorded at 31.5 inches (nearly to up to my hip) caught by David Kniola. Or a 21.5-inch (just above the knee) smallmouth bass caught by Brooke Lingerfel in the Brookville Reservoir.