Monster goldfish were found in Lake Tahoe, and the media is calling them a “new kind of lake monster.” The size of these goldfish make the ones in a home aquarium look like tiny pellets of food for these huge creatures. According to Live Science on Feb. 21, 2013 researchers trawling Lake Tahoe for invasive species discovered these huge goldfish. These monstrous goldfish have been found in France, the U.K. and in other lakes in the U.S. recently.
The goldfish found in Lake Tahoe is 1.5 feet long and weighs 4.2 pounds. It looks big enough to feed a family of four! Environmental scientist Sudeep Chandra of the University of Nevada in Reno said they found a corner area of the lake where about 15 of these goldfish were swimming around.
"It's an indication that they were schooling and spawning." The arrival of the fish, which were probably dumped there by aquarium owners, has Chandra worried — goldfish are an invasive species that could interfere with Lake Tahoe's ecosystem,” he told Live Science during a recent interview.
It’s not known if the goldfish were dumped into the lake as adult fish or if they were introduced to the water while they were still small. Chandra said even a small creature could have a “big impact” on the ecosystem if there are enough of them.
According to the IB Times, The mutant goldfish have also been found in Arizona, Michigan, Arkansas, the U.K. and France. The picture above is the monster fish pulled out of a lake in France, but the Lake Tahoe fish isn't far behind this creature in size.