A dead fish body, which is believed to be a river monster, was found in a river
The dead body of the fish that is considered to be a river monster of the Amazon, was found rotting for several days. It was washed up on the banks of a local river in Florida.
The fish known as arapaima is one of the largest river fish and can grow up to 3 meters in length and weigh 200 kilograms. And despite the fact, this creature can inhabit warm river waters, the chances are very low, according to a 2019 study held by aquatic ecologists.
This is because these fish have some very specific characteristics. For example, they only breed in certain areas, spend a lot of time and energy caring for their newborn, and do not reach sexual maturity until they are about 1.5 m in length. And this takes about three to five years, the researchers say.
The fish that was recently found dead, was expected to be an exotic pet in a person’s aquarium. And in the end, it was thrown either because it became too large for the aquarium or died and then was thrown into the river, it was assumed. The fish, which is usually green in color and with a noticeable red tail, had already turned white due to rotting, according to the photos. However, it wasn’t full length, it was definitely recognized as arapaima, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said.
This fish used to be more common in some parts of the Amazon River, but now the species is on the verge of extinction. The tongue of the fish is dotted with teeth, and the body is covered with large scales. These scales can be compared to real armor because they are so tough that even piranhas cannot bite through them. Arapaima is valued for its meat, so overfishing threatens its continued existence. Interestingly, it is easy to spot: every 5-15 minutes, the fish swims to the surface to take a breath of air. This is because oxygen levels are low in the Amazon river. And arapaima has no lungs.
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