Saturday, 5 August 2017

Alien stinging catfish in UK river

Eight clarias catfish, also known as walking catfish, were recovered from the River Tonge by the Environment Agency.
The shock find came after a woman was stung by one when she was fishing near Radcliffe Road in Darcy Lever near Bolton.
They have spines that can penetrate the skin and they can also ‘walk’ using their pectoral fins.
The African species can also breathe air through their mouths and not via their gills.
They use their front pectoral fins to move between different bodies of water on land, in almost a walking fashion and can survive out of water for upwards of 30 minutes.

Angler stung on finger by alien catfish

Gaynor Greene, aged 33, was fishing on Thursday when she encountered a large number of the fish and when she touched it was caught by one of its spines.


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