A unique fish has recently been given the amusing name “The Carrot.” While many people are familiar with the typical goldfish kept as pets, this particular fish stands out for its extraordinary size. Normally, pet goldfish range from one to two inches in length when kept in an aquarium. However, if they reside in a pond, they can grow up to 10 inches long and weigh as much as nine pounds. In the wild, goldfish can reach lengths of 12 to 14 inches. Despite these measurements being impressive for a pet goldfish, they pale in comparison to a special fish discovered in France.
During a fishing trip to the Champagne region in France, Andy Hackett, a fisherman from the U.K., had a remarkable experience. Fishing in one of the lakes in the area, he managed to catch a fish that would later be named The Carrot. The Carrot is a hybrid of a leather carp and koi carp, which were introduced to the Bluewater Lakes two decades ago. This giant fish earned its nickname due to its vibrant orange coloration, resembling a carrot.
When people first laid eyes on The Carrot, they couldn’t help but exclaim, “You’re going to need a bigger bowl.” This immense fish weighed an astonishing 67.4 pounds, equivalent to the average weight of a nine-year-old boy. However, capturing The Carrot was no easy feat. Hackett had to battle with the colossal fish for 25 minutes before finally reeling it in. Despite having made previous fishing trips to the region, this was the first time Hackett managed to catch the enormous fish. He revealed that The Carrot had made several appearances on previous trips but proved elusive to capture.
Hackett shared his experience with the BBC, stating, “With normal fish, you struggle to see them if they’re under the surface. But The Carrot is obviously bright orange, so you can’t miss it.” After successfully catching The Carrot and taking some memorable photos, Hackett decided to release the fish back into the lake, practicing catch-and-release to allow other anglers the opportunity to catch this sought-after specimen.
Despite the possibility for others to catch The Carrot, it requires significant patience. The fishery, which serves as The Carrot’s home, currently has a five-year waiting list for those eager to fish in the lake. Netizens expressed their curiosity about The Carrot, prompting inquiries about its lifespan. The Bluewater Team, responding on their Facebook account, stated, “It can vary on their lifespan, but they can live to 35 years plus. She is around 20 years old now and in excellent health and condition.” The team assured the public that utmost care is taken when the carp are caught, treated for any wounds, and promptly returned to the water to minimize stress.
The future of The Carrot remains uncertain. For now, it is comforting to know that this remarkable fish can continue to thrive in its natural habitat. Should it be caught again, the Bluewater Team will undoubtedly ensure that it receives proper care and attention. To witness the awe-inspiring size of The Carrot, a video capturing its magnificence is available for viewing. Don’t forget to share this incredible story with your friends and family!