Park officials said a fish weighing nine pounds made headlines Monday during a survey of fish populations in a lake in South Carolina.
Greenville County Parks official Ty Hoke said the “giant” fish was found floating on November 16 in 12 acres of water at Oak Grove Lake Park in downtown Greenville.
Greenville Ray, which oversees the park where the fish was discovered, posted a picture of the golden spectacle on Facebook on Monday.
“Anyone missing their goldfish?” This 9lb goldfish was found in Oak Grove Lake during a recent trial of our lakes, ”the organization wrote in a post. “The work included electrofishing, a method of measuring the health of fish populations.”
Wildlife officials were surveying a fish population in a socket corresponding to “fish sticking their finger, or fins,”. “A weak electric current is driven through the water and stops them for a few minutes.”
Hawk said he believes the giant goldfish is the only swimming in the lake because park officials did not face any others in their survey.
He said that while the goldfish is non-native in South Carolina, it was not considered an invasive species for the lake.
According to the United States Geological Survey, goldfish have an average lifespan of between six and seven years, while those found in the wild can live up to 30 years.
According to the agency, goldfish can grow above six pounds – well below the weight of a nine-pound pond fish found in South Carolina.
As to Goldfish’s current whereabouts, Hawk said he placed the fish back into the water after photographing the larger creature.
“On the advice of professionals we decided to leave the bachelors, or bachelors, where we found it,” Hawke said. “Apparently, they are really happy here.”