Monday, August 13, 2007

Beasts of Central Park Lake





Despite its scenic charms, Central Park Lake has never been known for its cleanliness. Scientists say it's contaminated with mercury--and even amateurs can tell that it's no place for a swim. So it came as some surprise when it was recently discovered that the lake is teeming with bizarre wildlife.

Parks Department workers who were tasked with dredging the lake this summer as part of a routine restoration project probably wouldn't have been shocked to pull up a skeleton or two. What they found instead were thousands upon thousands of giant koi (which are closely related to goldfish). Some were more than three feet long and weighed up to 30 pounds. Workers also discovered colonies of freshwater clams, along with a few enormous (and dangerous) snapping turtles that tipped the scales at 50 pounds. However, I'm sad to say that no alligators were reported.

Once the restoration project is complete, Central Park Lake will be a much more exciting environment for visitors and animals alike. Islands, coves, caves, and streams that have been inaccessible for decades will soon be open for exploration. Though with all of those gigantic goldfish swimming around, I'm still not planning to go for a dip.

(Above: A giant koi. Below: Central Park Lake.)


8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, uh, may have to restrain myself from swimming there as well.

9:01 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Exploring the coves and caves sounds interesting.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Teen Vegan said...

whoa...no alligators, darn. itmust be really wierd when those monsters die and float to surface or wash up on the unexplored shores!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Bohae said...

Well, I guess that could be good. For a second, I thought the fish was mutated-ly orange... but it's still a cool color ;)

3:58 AM  
Blogger Irregular extreme said...

my dad had koi fish in a little pond until we moved. So, because of my knowledge on koi (did u know that they eat tadpoles)? I think that fish looks plastic. So, because of that i think it is a fake fish but not a fake story

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GUESS WHAT!
I have seen one of the giganto snapping turtles (but not there) in Canada on the Muskoka Lake. It was 4 feet long and it's head was the size of a grapefruit, and it was really creepy and its paws/ claws/ whatever were as big as my normal hand it was AWESOME! Maybe the size of all the fish in that pond has less to do with the mercury than we thought!

2:50 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

A giant snapping turtle (named rex) lives in a public pond nearby!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that fish is a beautiful shade of orange

9:56 PM  

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