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Colossal Goldfish Located in Canadian Waters


Colossal Goldfish Located in Canadian Waters

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Given their common presence in modest pet shops, you may not ponder much about goldfish. It may seem implausible that such a diminutive, non-predatory fish could cause significant harm if released into the wild. However, this assumption couldn’t be more mistaken; goldfish represent a highly invasive species, and when introduced into natural waters, they tend to swiftly dominate the ecosystem.

Recently, goldfish have been spotted in substantial numbers and increased sizes across Canada, inhabiting various locations from small stormwater ponds to large water bodies like the Hamilton Harbour in Ontario. Goldfish exhibit an insatiable appetite, devouring anything they can engulf, further expanding their food cycle due to hormone release and bodily growth. Aquatic plant life is decimated as other fish are pushed aside from their food sources.

An intriguing aspect is that these environments are already harsh for native species, yet goldfish manage to thrive and adapt remarkably well.

“These ponds present extreme environments,” commented biology professor Nick Mandrak from the University of Toronto Scarborough. “The water is not only shallow, but also lacks sufficient oxygen, with summer temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius.”

Researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada have been tracking the goldfish using acoustic tags to trace their movements and potentially identify their origins.

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