Common carp, Cyprinus carpio
It's pretty hard to believe that the United States didn't have any common carp prying our natural waters before their introduction in 1831. They're probably our most ubiquitous fish here in Ohio- there aren't many water bodies of significant size that don't have common carp. I've never eaten them, but they are quite popular in other parts of the world. They were even eaten here in the US, but we have seemed to have lost our taste for them- I wonder why? It is it perhaps because they are able to persist in the nastiest of our waterways?
These fish were swarming yesterday in the O'shaugnessy Reservoir at the Columbus Zoo. A dad had brought a loaf of white bread, and his kids had a blast feeding these huge fish. Weston watched intently, thinking they were just another part of the zoo spectacle, not realizing that these fish don't live in a tank.