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‘River Monster’ Arapaima Mysteriously Found In Florida

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The Arapaima was washed ashore in Cape Coral’s Jaycee Park last month. It was found miles away from its natural habitat. This mysterious appearance has raised questions for the Amazonians.

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(Image Source: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute)


It is not routine to run into an Arapaima fish while you are paddling your boat in the park. Otherwise green in appearance with a reddish tail, the remains of this fish were rotten to the colour white. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, ‘the corpse wasn’t full 10 feet in length, but it definitely was an arapaima’.

No on really knows how the fish ended up on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. This river empties into the Gulf of Mexico in western Florida.

According to Captain Constantine who operates Cowboys Charters of Caloosahatchee, “someone may have kept the fish as a pet and released it”. Additionally, “someone could have brought it here already dead and let it go just to start some (expletive)”, he said. These are all speculations until the Commission reaches the root cause.

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(Image Source: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute)

“River Monsters”, a popular wildlife documentary series featured this fish.

Possibly, this is the largest freshwater fish in the world. It is approximately 3 meters in length. Moreover, it weighs upto 200 kilograms. Its scales are tough and impenetrable. The strong body of arapaimas protect them against predators.

Arapaima is known as the “cod of the Amazon”. Hence, fishermen are always on a lookout for them. This is one of the biggest reasons why their population is declining.

The natural habitat of this fish is the Amazon river. According to David from Sun Sentinel, “the arapaima is now at threat in many places along its native habitat”.

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(Image Source: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute)

This fish has the fastest growth rate known in any fish species. Their preferred diet is fish and other marine animals.

This is just so astonishing.

The Commission has asked the state to notify them if anyone sees any non-native fish in the waterbodies of the area. Moreover, investigation to find the cause of fish’s death is still undergoing.

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