It's that time of year again! There are some wonderful Koi gifts available - check out this random selection...
So, what do carp do in the Winter? These scientist in Berlin, Germany had some fun by placing 37 tagged and traceable carp in a very cold (7°C, 44.6°F) natural lake during the winter to see what these fish would do. You will really enjoy this short YouTube.
Imagine over 780,000 years ago our ancestors, the genus homo, was cooking the ancestors of our koi over fires in Israel. In this fascinating research these scientists have found the first evidence "that the fish from the archaeological horizons of Area B had been cooked and consumed on site. This is the earliest evidence of cooking by hominins." I hope you take the time to read this wonder research and marvel at the amzing work that gives us a look into the past.
Kudos to all of you who keep your ponds healthy, and invite the critters of mother nature to find a welcome home in your yard. For those who realize those dragon flies are monster mosquito killers and smile as a new bird drops in for a sip of water, thank you. In this short article by Lucy Towers, she shares the difference our ponds make to the biodiversity of our neighborhoods.
Some of use may have put have put koi in our bathtubs in an emergency, but how about carp to keep alive until our Christmas feast?
"Picture the Czech idyll. It’s the evening of 24 December, and one’s immediate family are sitting down to the Christmas Eve meal, the highlight of the festive season.
In the days beforehand, you would have visited one of the thousands of carp sellers that line the streets of the country.
For the traditionally minded, you would have bought your carp alive and kept it in the bathtub until 24 December."
Do you have a child or grandchild who needs a quick school presentation? Then this is the article for you. Very short and filled with facts.
"Koi and carp are very closely related fish types, yet they are sometimes considered as different types of the same species. However, there are important facts to consider about both Koi and carp before classifying them in the same group or into different groups. Hence, it would be highly interesting to know the characteristics and the differences between Koi and carp."
Sometimes nothing replaces the encyclopedia for facts and new knowledge. For instance; I did know that it was not until 1914, that the interest in koi really took off in Japan. Did you?
This is a very good short article on the status of koi in Japan, an introduction to the culture regarding koi.
"Koi have been loved in Japan and they have been characterized by strength and success for a very long time. Koi fish stands for basically anything that is good; luck, prosperity, vitality, and longevity and is very closely associated with the Japanese cultural identity."
Okay it is fun to watch, but there is a bad side to this hitchhiker: eye damage to the koi.
"Toad attached to the fishes eyeballs and damaging them. It buried it’s front legs in the eye sockets. I had to pull out the toad."
Matt Parker is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, University of Portsmouth, where he studies fish and fish behavior. Over his career he has some observations about fish and human beings. I know you will enjoy this easy read, short article on how we humans are like our fellow fish.
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right