monster goldfishLots of people have some kind of phobia revolving around a particular creature: Spiders, sharks, bats, snakes ... goldfish. Fine, maybe that last one isn't quite as common as the others. FINE, maybe I'm the only person I've ever met who has a goldfish phobia! But I have a feeling I won't be the sole (HA!) human being with this fishy fear for long! Nope, now that MONSTER GOLDFISH are invading Lake Tahoe, I wouldn't be surprised if people started squishing goldfish and keeping spiders in bowls as pets.

Although it is the whole "keeping as pets" thing that started what's sure to be remembered for centuries as the Monster Goldfish Apocalypse. Or, more accurately, the whole "dumping as pets" thing, officially known as "aquarium dumping."

Which is actually a huge problem around the world: People who toss their unwanted aquatic pets into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water are often (unwittingly) introducing an "invasive species" which can severely impact the already existing ecosystem. In a BAD way. Such species (which, besides goldfish, include Asian carp, lionfish, nutria, and northern snakehead, to name a few) can destroy vegetation, make water murky, and ultimately kill off other native species. And while the goldfish found in Lake Tahoe was freakishly huge for a goldfish (at about 1.5 feet), there's no telling how big these "thriving, breeding" critters could get -- just look at that demon fish from hell in the above pic! (That THING was found in France.)

Biologists are warning people to stop "aquarium dumping" before more damage is done; even killing unwanted fish is more "responsible" than dumping (an action that could end up killing many, many fish). So, the answer is clear: DEATH TO GOLDFISH.

(Just to be clear, biologists didn't use those exact words. But in my heart, I know that's what they meant.)

Watch this ... if you want Monster Goldfish swimming through your nightmares for days ...

Oh, will the mutant animal parade ever end?!

Have you ever dumped a pet fish in a lake or river?

 

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