It’s unclear how long the fish has lived in the lake
This gives new meaning to the phrase, big fish.
Ty Houck, the director of greenways, natural and historic resources at theGreenville County parks department, told The State he did not know how longthe fish had been in Oak Grove Lake, but guessed it was someone’s pet thatthey didn’t want anymore.
“Our guess is someone didn’t want to kill their fish but couldn’t take care ofit anymore,” Houck told the news outlet.
Greenville Rec also posted a photo of the fantastic fish to their Facebookpage.
Though most goldfish are tiny, largely living in small bowls, Houck said theirsize can vary greatly, recalling one from his own childhood.
“They grow to the size of their environment,” he added.
Given its large size, it’s likely that it could be very old, with Houck’smother referring to it as Methuselah.
“This might be the Methuselah for Oak Grove Lake,” Houck said of the 9-poundfish, while also noting its survival skills.
In addition to its longevity, Houck said the goldfish must have some prettygood survival skills after some dredging was done at the lake’s headwatersearlier this year.
Goldfish aren’t native to South Carolina lakes, but are not consideredinvasive. Commenting on its size, Houck also noted the lake is healthy and nota result of any nuclear exposure.
“We are not downstream of nuclear power plant,” Houck explained. “It’sactually just the opposite.
“It is obviously healthy enough at Oak Grove Lake for that goldfish to getthat big,” he added.
Source: Fox News
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