Earlier this year with flood waters around Dallas rising to record levels, the Trinity River, a river that runs through Dallas had kept so much water that its depth more than doubled to 40 feet by the end of the month. Among the destroyed homes and human lives lost, wildlife were also affected by the rising waters. An ancient fish showed up in Dallas, offering a glimpse of the past to residents who saw it.
A Geoscientist and National Geographic explorer, Andrés Ruzo,got this lovely image of an ancient fish–the alligator gar– who’d gotten carried away by the floodwater — and, sadly, lodged in a fence.
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Flood Leaves ‘River Monster’ Stranded In Fence
In May, waters around Dallas rose above normal levels. The Trinity River, which runs through the city, had retained so much rainfall that its depth more than doubled to 40 feet by the end of the month. Among the destroyed homes and human lives lost, wildlife were also affected by the rising waters.
Andrés Ruzo, a geoscientist and National Geographic explorer, captured this image of a recently deceased fish who’d gotten carried away by the floodwater — and, sadly, lodged in a fence.
The fish is part of a 100-million-year-old species. And even though he has a bit of a monstrous appearance, he’s of course not a river monster at all. He’s a juvenile longnose gar, a freshwater fish with a sizable population of over 100,000 adults in North America. Though other subspecies of gar can reach up to 10 feet long, this particular fish is 2 feet, which is about the subspecies’s average size. …
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