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9-Pound Goldfish Found South Carolina Lake by Specialists Electrofishing

by Katie Maloney
(Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Who didn’t dream of having a goldfish the size of a small dog when they were a kid? County park officials found just that when they pulled a nine-pound goldfish from Oak Grove Lake in South Carolina.

Greenville County Recreation took to Twitter posting a photo of the oversized goldfish and asking, “Anyone missing their goldfish?”

Something Doesn’t Look Right

According to a WYFF report, the fish was discovered by a county-hired lake specialist while conducting studies to check the health of the fish population. The specialist was electrofishing, a practice that stuns the fish so that they float to the surface of the water and can be analyzed. This process does not result in any permanent harm to the fish. The lake inhabitants return to their natural state in as little as two minutes after being caught.

When the monster goldfish surfaced, the specialist knew this fish wasn’t a native to the lake. Nevertheless, the goldfish was released back into the lake as it won’t cause any harm to the ecosystem. Additionally, a 4.5-pound largemouth bass was also found in the lake. 

The last time this pond management study was conducted was 10 years ago. We’ll just have to wait and see what scaly creatures find their way to Oak Grove Lake by the time the next study is performed.