Several species of heavy-bodied cyprinid fishes are collectively known in the United States as Asian carp. Asian carp are considered to be invasive species. Bighead, silver, and grass carp are known to be well-established in the Mississippi River basin (including tributaries), where they at times reach extremely high numbers, especially in the case of the bighead and silver carp.
ASIAN CARP STRIKE TO THE FACE
Silver carp have become notorious for being easily frightened by boats and personal watercraft, which cause them to leap high into the air. The fish can jump up to 2.5–3.0 m (8–10 ft) into the air, and numerous boaters have been severely injured by collisions with the fish. According to the EPA, "reported injuries include cuts from fins, black eyes, broken bones, back injuries, and concussions."