Prehistoric Monster Fish Spotted in Guangzhou Lake

By Matthew Bossons, February 13, 2019

0 0

Folks are being asked to stay out of the water at Baiyun Lake after a monstrous creature was spotted in the lake, according to GRT Radio. The animal, which has been described as roughly 2 meters in length, is believed to be an alligator gar, a species of prehistoric fish native to the southern United States and northern Mexico.

While it’s not immediately clear how the fish ended up in a Guangzhou lake, it is being speculated that the animal was released by Buddhists who were “looking to gain favor” by freeing captive creatures.

fish-1.png
Image via sohu.com h/t GRT Radio

fish-2.png
Image via sohu.com h/t GRT Radio

In response to the sighting, authorities have posted a notice at Baiyun Lake warning citizens not to swim. GRT Radio reports that a plan to catch the alligator gar is currently being formulated.

While the fish is certainly a long way from its traditional North American home, this is far from the first time the species has appeared in Asia.

READ MORE: Two Giant Prehistoric Fish Found in South China Waterway

The fish has previously been found as an invasive species in Hong Kong, Singapore and parts of India (presumably released by aquarium hobbyists). A 1-meter-long alligator gar was also discovered in a Shenzhen river back in May of 2017.  In October 2017, two of the prehistoric fish were discovered in a waterway in Liuzhou, Guangxi.

alligator-gar-china-2.jpg
An alligator gar captured in Guangxi. Image via South China Today h/t SCMP

Alligator gar have roamed the fresh and brackish waters of our planet since the time of the dinosaurs, with fossil evidence suggesting the animal has been around since the Early Cretaceous, over a 100 million years ago.

The torpedo-shaped fish species, which can grow to over 3 meters in length, allegedly derives its name from its alligator-like snout, which is lined with long, terror-inducing teeth. 

READ MORE: Smuggling of Japanese Koi Fish Foiled in Shenzhen

[Cover image via Wikimedia]

more news

Save Big on 12 Cans of This Guangzhou-Brewed IPA Beer

Start the summer right, with discounted beer!

Starbucks Launches New Whiskey Barrel-Aged Coffee in Guangzhou

Over the past 20 years, Starbucks China has remained dedicated to its continuous pursuit of innovation

Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park Reopens

Visitors will need to make a reservation online prior to entering the safari park.

Here's What You Need to Know About ISA Science City in Guangzhou

We spoke to Head of School David Edwards to learn more about what parents and students can expect from ISA Science City when it opens in September 2020.

Coffee Shop Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Guangzhou

Starbucks announced heightened protection measures for all its Guangzhou locations.

Guangzhou Evergrande Building World’s Largest Football Stadium

It is expected to become the world’s largest professional football stadium with a capacity of 100,000 spectators.

77% of Guangzhou's Imported COVID-19 Cases are Chinese Citizens

Guangzhou has reported 111 imported cases of COVID-19 disease, with 77% being Chinese nationals.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsGuangzhou for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Guangzhou With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.