Blood Sucking Eel With Razor Teeth Found After 20 Year Search

by Clayton Edwards
(Photo credit: R. Duran via Getty Images)

Sean Blocksidge is a river tour guide in Australia who hunts vampires in his spare time. However, Blocksidge isn’t out looking for Dracula. Instead, he has his eyes peeled for something called a vampire fish, or pouched lamprey. They’re basically blood-sucking eels with jawless mouths full of sharp teeth. Compared to these guys, Dracula doesn’t seem quite so frightening.

These blood-sucking eels aren’t called vampire fish just because they have mouths full of razor-sharp teeth. No, they earned that nickname. Lampreys are known for attaching themselves to their prey and feasting on their blood. So, they’re a little like leaches forged in the fires of your nightmares.

That might leave you wondering why Blocksidge, or anyone for that matter, would hunt for these things. The truth is, they’re ancient creatures that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. The blood-sucking eels used to be common in waterways Down Under. However, no one had spotted a single member of the species for over a decade.

That explains why Blocksidge was so excited to find six blood-sucking eels during one of his recent tours. The New York Post reports that he had been on the lookout for the lampreys for two decades. The tour guide said he felt like he was searching for the Loch Ness Monster or a yeti at times. However, he was certain they existed. “I had heard so many stories from the old-timers about how the lampreys used to migrate in their thousands up the waterfalls,” he said.

Tour Guide Spots Blood Sucking Eels

The Aussie said that he had heard countless stories of the blood-sucking eels in the past, but that’s all he had. Stories. “We haven’t seen them in our Margaret River system for well over a decade,” he said of the living dinosaurs.

If anyone would have seen them in the Margaret River, it would have been Blocksidge. He said that he’s on the river every day in a canoe. Additionally, he’s constantly looking for the blood-sucking eels. Finally, the lucky day came.

Sean was leading a tour at Yalgardup Falls, a regular stop for him. Then, he looked down. “…it looked like a long blue tube sitting in the shallows. That seemed a bit odd as we don’t really get much rubbish in the river,” he said. Then, he looked closer and noticed that the “blue tube” wasn’t alone. More lampreys were working their way up the waterfall.

After seeing the small group of blood-sucking eels, he and his tour group were elated. About the ancient bloodsuckers, he said, “Overall, they are very beautiful creatures with iridescent blue eyes, quite obvious gills, and a long, slender, powerful body.”

Pouched lampreys evolved over 200 million years ago. To put that into perspective, they shared the world with the first dinosaurs in the Triassic period. Humans have populated the earth for a mere 200,000 years.