Sea Lamprey from Great Lakes to be in Royal Pie

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They're considered an invasive species in Michigan, but in England, Sea Lamprey is a delicacy. In fact, the eel-like creatures are the main ingredient in a special pie that will be served to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne.

There's one problem though - the lampreys are a protected species in England, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press, so about two pounds of frozen lamprey have been shipped overseas from the Great Lakes to accomodate the royal menu.

The dish will be part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June, but no one knows for sure if the Queen will take a bite of the pie.

According to, the Lamprey Pie consists of the fish, mixed with a cool syrup and baked in a raised crust. It is typically served over white bread on a hot plate.

The site also says most royal families in England's history enjoyed the meal every Christmas and it is believed King Henry I (1068-1135) died from eating too much of the dish, though some historians attribute food poisoning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Sea Lamprey was one of the first invasive species to enter the Great Lakes and that each lamprey kills between 14 and 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime.




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