Re: NANFA-- Flying Carp- More than just a Fish Story

Mike Bessert (
Fri, 31 May 2002 13:49:23 -0700

> These fish grow incredibly fast and reach about 25
> inches by the
> second year, eventually reaching over 28 inches
> long and 40 to 50
> lbs.

I can attest to that. While sampling Missouri River backwaters for the
Nebraska Game and Parks Comm, we had 4-footers in our frame nets on a number
of occassions.

> The location of their
> eyes, which are
> located far forward and low on the head, gives the
> fish a rather
> bizarre appearance (in Latin their name means
> underneath eye).

Did you know that one of the original Star Wars characters (Admiral Ackbar)
was modeled after the bighead carp? Compare the side profile of the
character on the left side of the image...

...with the side profile of a bighead carp...

...and you'll see what I mean.

Mike Bessert
Lincoln, NE
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