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.
I might even be able to make this koi in clay. This less than 5 minute Youtube video shows you how. Could be a great activity for those who dabble in clay or with the kids.
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From a koi painting they loved, to a beautiful koi pond build to imitate their art. This couple has built a beautiful pond at their home and as they say " Feeding the fish “is an outing. It’s entertainment,” ... Please enjoy this well-done article on this pond.
The transformation of Sandra and Peter Barsczeski’s backyard began with a painting by Covington artist Donna Duffy.
Depicting three koi fish swimming among lily pads, the 40-by-40-inch mixed media and acrylic piece hangs in the foyer of their Acadian-style home off Sharp Road in Mandeville.
For those of us who are koi hobbyist, we have a great appreciation for the intelligence of our fish. Scientists, now studying more of the aquatic world and are researching the powers and intelligence of our finned friends. Another review of a study regarding the memory of fish.
"It is popularly believed that fish have a memory span of only 30 seconds. Canadian scientists, however, have demonstrated that this is far from true -- in fact, fish can remember context and associations up to twelve days later."
For our more scientific readers, a study on long fins and how they were passed from one generation to another. Included is just a bit of history of the developement of the butterfly koi.
Another loss of habitat for a branch of the carp family. This short article shares a bit about lost carp species and the people who depended on them for food.
"Just two species of the freshwater fish still exist in the ancient waters of Lake Lanao in the Philippines after predatory fish were accidentally introduced
I absolutely love this big bear cooling down in this pond, until....... Enjoy this very short video and find someone to share it with. It will have you laughing.
"This is a story of a black bear who got into a backyard fishpond to cool off from the summer heat until the resident koi carp scared it away.
The bear entered the pond in the Massachusetts town of Pepperell, panting heavily as it soaked its fur into the water and quenched its thirst as koi carp darted around it.
Okay, besides being a bit on the wacky side, I consider this animal abuse! However, apparently they take good care of their finned friends.
"Two performers said that stunt is not for the faint-hearted"
"It is a fishy act that could take your breath away - or more likely that of its underwater performers.
Two “aquamen” amazed crowds gathered in Saint-Malo in Brittany by strolling around with fishbowls on their heads filled with water and goldfish. They breathe through a special valve."
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right