"We're taking the American brook lamprey out of the same habitats where the large adult brown trout are living, the large brook trout are living, and I called several fishermen's attention to these spawning populations and they had never seen them before, or those that had heard about them or maybe had actually seen them called them a variety of different names: snakes, eels, water worms-everything but lamprey.
"They didn't know what was going on, what they were. 'Is that really a fish?' was a common question that I came upon. Even the people who are spending a lot of time in these habitats had never seen them before and when they encounter them, they don't know exactly what they are either."