3-Pound Goldfish Found

As an avid fisher for 20 years, Mike Martin has his fair share of stories. Many fishers can tell tales of the one that got away, but Martin’s latest yarn is all about the one he reeled in earlier this month on Lake St. Clair, just north of Detroit, Michigan.

“Basically, I was doing what I always do, trying to catch perch, and I thought I had a big perch on. Um, definitely not a perch,” Martin told WDIV News, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.

Indeed not. On his hook was a 15-inch-long (38-centimeter-long) goldfish that tipped the scales at 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms). Compare that to an average aquarium goldfish that generally measures just a few inches—their breeds come in a wide variety of sizes—and it doesn’t take long to figure out that this whopper of a fish is going to need a bigger bowl.

That begs the question: What exactly is a goldfish, and how can they get so freakishly big?

source : http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/18/3-pound-goldfish-found-howd-it-get-so-big/

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