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Aquatic invasive species (AIS), invaders, exotics—these are the aliens that live among us. For as long as humans have roamed the earth, we have brought other species with us on our travels, both intentionally and unintentionally.

My underwater encounter with Caribbean reef sharks, Nassau, Bahamas.

I looked over the edge of the boat at the slim shadows schooling below. Beneath the crystal blue water I could only make out their forms. Their shape, number, and the way they swam over and past one another reminded me of a bucket of minnows.

Near true-color image of Green Bay from October 1999, showing the immense scale of the algal bloom in the bay.

Welcome! This is the first of what will be many pieces on how different people relate to our shared waters.

Gloeotrichia echinulata colonies look like pale green to light olive-green pinhead-sized spheres in the water. Photo by Gina LaLiberte/DNR

Unsightly multi-colored algal blooms appeared earlier than usual on lakes across Wisconsin in the summer of 2012.

Moy holds a bighead carp caught on a recent trip to Havana, Illinois, on the Illinois River near Lake Chautauqua

When we think about aquatic invasive or non-native species these days, we often think of Asian carp moving north towards the Great Lakes or zebra mussels spreading across state waterways.

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