Monday 18 March 2019

Carp

I went for a bit of a walk on Sunday around a local 'wetland'.  I say 'wetland' because it was only about half its normal size, with substantial areas of dry mud.

There were a few birds about, but what was most noticeable was the presence of some carp.  I have never seen any at this location before, but on Sunday I must have seen at least 10 - maybe more.

Carp are not a native species in Australia - and many people blame them for the degraded state of many of our waterways.  I suspect lack of water flows, abstraction, pollution and direct damage by canalisation and such like are also to blame, but the poor old carp get the brunt of the blame.




This fish was gulping in air at the surface - a sure sign that the oxygen levels in the water are low.

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

PS: my computer is now well again, and normal blogging services will resume! 



11 comments:

  1. I think one of my very early girlfriends looked a bit like that!

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  2. What a face 🐟 have a good day. Cheers, Diane

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  3. Hello,
    what funny captures of the carp...but also sadly realistic!

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  4. Wow, it took me over a minute to understand it was a fish at first photo =)))
    Great shots!!

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  5. Hari OM
    I agree that the carp has become a bit of a 'scapefish'... however, there is no denying they have become something of a nuisance in the same way the Grey Squirrel has here in the UK - particularly Scotland - ousting the native Red Squirrel. From what I recall, the carp in the Murray-Darling system have pretty much decimated native populations and habitat. In the US as well, I believe. It is that issue of the invading species thriving at the expense of the indigenous... YAM xx

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  6. Wonderful photos of the fish, and I'm glad your computer is working correctly again.

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  7. I think Carp are a native species everywhere..LOL!! Your first picture is great..Sad that the Oxygen level may be low..Sometimes over population is responsible fr that!! Even though they are Carp..I hope they are OK..

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  8. I’ve never seen fish gulping in air like that.

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  9. We have carp here in south Florida which are deliberately stocked in our lakes and canals by the Fish & Wildlife agency to help control invasive aquatic vegetation. These fish are produced from eggs which were irradiated during early development, causing them to have triploid rather than haploid gametes and thus are sterile. They are protected and get to be huge.

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  10. They are a big fish, Stewart...aren't they?...:)JP

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