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Updated May 1, 2013
Video via io9. Story via Wait! Wait!
March 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm
There’s something wrong, er — fishy, about the feature photo. It’s the only one like it on the web and I recall seeing it over a year ago. The rest of the photos of the monster goldfish are much smaller, match the size described in news stories — about 14 inches, 4 and some pounds. Plus there are multiple photos of different people holding different samples at different times, not one guy with a fish that looks like it could topple him over backward. This UC Davis biology flyer lists the big invasive fish, max size 16 inches.
March 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm
I sourced it as well as I could in 15 seconds, but it’s local TV news, Nothing would surprise me. It could be the freshwater of equivalent of alligators in the sewers, I guess.
I’ve been fooled before. That’s what divorce lawy–never mind.
I would find even a 16 inch long goldfish to be rather startling.
Afterthought: On another look, the one in the feature photo does look rather more like a blow-up doll than a real goldfish, at least any real goldfish I ever saw. (A blow-up goldfish doll–shudder).
March 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm
The story is real. 16-inch goldfish -are- startling. The LA Times had a picture of one of the scientists holding a recently caught 14-incher and that was big. It’s the on-the-fly news stations and websites that have put that other one in with the collection.
March 24, 2013 at 8:39 am
I know the story is real. But I share your skepticism about that yard-long goldfish!