This goldfish could not live in your bowl
When you think about a goldfish the image that comes to mind is a small sparkly beautiful creature making rounds in a water bowl. But that’s not what a few fishermen saw when they went down a lake in South Carolina.
During a routine water quality test in the murky waters of Oak Grove Lake, the cleaning crew found a 9-pound goldfish that was about 15 inches long.
National Geographic says the average weight for a pet goldfish is .2 to .6 pounds, though they can top 5 pounds in the wild. The average length is 4.7 to 16.1 inches. So the caught fish is a behemoth in those standards.
The lake is not downstream from any nuclear power plants, so the large size has nothing to do with chemical exposure. It may seem that the omnivorous goldfish has just been eating a lot and had the opportunity to grow when it entered a larger physical environment, like the 12-acre Oak Grove Lake.
The Guinness Book of World Records says the longest known goldfish measures 18.7 inches from nose to fin and belongs to Joris Gijsbers of the Netherlands.