Giant ‘Catfish Sharks’ Found in Temple Pond

Staff and worshippers at a temple in Kaohsiung had long wondered why the numbers of carp and tilapia in the temple pond were on the decline. The mystery was solved when workers lowered the water level in order to make repairs. Temple staff were surprised to find three huge ‘catfish sharks’, also known as Genghis Khan fish.

Not actually sharks, but a species of catfish. It is suspected that the fish were probably abandoned aquarium pets that grew to their huge size after being released into the large pond and feeding on the carp and tilapia. Workers attempted to remove the fish, but unfortunately one died in the process. A team of 5 men were not able to lift the fish out of water, so a crane was used to haul the fish out. Temple managers decided to keep one of the fish in the temple moat.

 

 

A catfish shark is seen in a net after being caught in a pond in Kaohsiung August 2015
A catfish shark is seen in a net after being caught in a pond in Kaohsiung August 2015
A catfish that died after the water level was dropped at a pond in Kaohsiung City
A giant catfish that died after the water level was dropped at a pond in Kaohsiung City

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Sources: CTi, Liberty Times Network

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