“Trophy” goldfish captured in Virginia set state records and encourage social media jokes


Once small enough to flush someone’s toilet, a goldfish achieved greatness in Virginia by landing on a record book.

Jeremy Fortner of Chesterfield, Virginia, said:Trophy fishIn the process, it set official state records at Hunting Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. According to the Virginia Wildlife Resources Agency.. The area is near the city of Alexandria.

The chubby fish weighs 3 pounds and 9 ounces, making it the largest goldfish ever known in the state.

Goldfish are not native to Virginia. In other words, it may have entered the state waters as an abandoned pet.

“The fish are 16 inches in size, have a girth of nearly 15 inches, and were officially weighed at Green Top Sporting Goods in Ashland, Virginia,” state officials said in a Facebook post.

“In Virginia, it is illegal to bring goldfish into the body of water. Pet owners should not leave aquatic life in the wild as it can cause unexpected effects such as illness, competition and predation. Hmm.”

News of the new state record spurred hundreds of reactions and comments on social media. A chest of drawers that is a portal To Hunting Creek, Virginia.

“I don’t think the goldfish are dead when they are flushed down the toilet.” Posted by David Norris Virginia Phishing Report Facebook page.

“What else can you come up with a record for?” Luke Nichols wrote State Wildlife Service Facebook Page

“I don’t call it a” catch “, but it’s a big goldfish. ” Justan C McKinney said..

The state didn’t say what Fortner was going to do with the fish, but the goldfish tank on the website reports them. “Probably not delicious.”

State officials said Fortner caught the fish on May 22. According to the release, biologists examined it and identified it as a “Virginia Archery Record Goldfish.” Virginia added goldfish to the state’s record program in 2020. This is the first time someone has submitted a goldfish for official approval.

The· Currently included in the state recording program They range in size from 2 lbs 2 ounces of rock bass to 68 lbs 12 ounces of flathead catfish.

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