After an article was posted on U.K.’s Daily Mail today, a story about a giant goldfish has been topping search engine queries. Raphael Biagini claims to have caught a 30 pound orange koi carp in France and has the picture to prove it.
During the 10-minute struggle to reel the giant goldfish in, Raphael Biagini said, “To begin with, we couldn’t tell what was at the end of the line, but we knew it was big.” After snapping the above shot, Biagnini released the fish back into the water.
Experts say orange koi grow to fit their habitat so catching a fish of this size is not impossible, just rare. In fact, koi carp can even grow bigger than the one Biagini caught. John McCosker of the California Academy of Sciences weighs in, and according to FishBase.org, the biggest koi on record weighed in at almost 90 pounds.
Putting all the science aside, this picture looks fake. Isn’t this fish just too orange? Doesn’t it seem a little big to be only 30 pounds? And why isn’t it struggling? Biagini looks too relaxed to be holding a fish of that size and weight. Maybe that’s just the skeptic in me.
What do you think about this giant goldfish—real or fake?