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Mexico water monster: Axolotl might have disappeared from Mexico waters

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The Mexico water monster, called axolotl, might have disappeared from its natural habitat. On Jan. 28, the Associated Press reported that the "Mexican walking fish" (as it's commonly known) has not been seen in the waters where it was once living. However, it's too soon to say that the creature is extinct, and researchers hope to find more in their natural habitat.

"Tovar Garza said it is too early to declare the axolotl extinct in its natural habitat. He said that in early February, researchers will begin a three-month search in hopes of finding what may be the last free-roaming axolotl," the Associated Press reports.

The Mexico water monster is going extinct for suspected reasons -- pollution, and the good 'ole circle of life. Although there have been some efforts to keep axolotl alive and to provide a safe environment for them, it appears as though they are struggling to keep their numbers up.

"Sacks of rocks and reedy plants act as filters around a selected area, and cleaner water is pumped in, to create better conditions. The shelters also were intended to help protect the axolotls from non-native carp and tilapia that were introduced to the lake system years ago and compete with axolotls for food" (Associated Press).

The Mexico water monster gets its name for its ugly looks. It "has a slimy tail, plumage-like gills and mouth that curls into an odd smile," according to the report.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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