In the Omsk region the fisherman caught two pike mutants with horns
Caught from the river Irtysh two Horny pike made a complicated puzzle. Are they victims of water contamination by hazardous substances or incredible natural mutants? About the unusual horned fish according to The Siberian Times , citing SuperOmsk.
Pike last fall was caught by local fisherman 25-year-old Alex, but the press wrote about them only now, when the fish were only dried heads. Alex first caught a pike weighing 12 kg and with two short horns on «forehead». Seen him very puzzled. But the more Alex was astonished when, soon caught another pike, this time with four short horns and a weight of 7 kg.
Both fish friends Alexei immediately nicknamed the dragons. It is reported that horned pike caught near the village Chekrysheva and Shirokovskaya base.
Despite the unusual appearance, Alex decided to eat both pikes, leaving them only a head with horns. According to him they taste was like a normal pike and no bad consequences for the organism from them at Alexey was not.
When you try to explain the emergence of horns in pike local residents have put forward the version about water pollution from getting into the river from parts of rockets launched at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Reporters had previously reported that contact with the water rocket fuel has a detrimental effect on the health of local children.
In 2012, in an interview with the newspaper «Tarskoye Priirtyshye» head of Goichs district administration Mikhail Kolesov confirmedthat the local water fall of the rocket: «Yes, indeed, in the Vasyugan swamp occasionally drop spent stages of carrier rockets starting from the cosmodrome «Baikonur», and pollute the territory of the remnants of rocket fuel.»
Another place where he could into the river to get the harmful substances that Tarski mining and processing plant for the extraction of zirconium, which is not far from the place where caught pike.
However, Arkady Balushkin, head of the laboratory of ichthyology Zoological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences, was skeptical about the latest version. He said that the plant had been closed for several years and that «exposure to chemicals or radiation does not lead to such tumors as these fish.»
According to balushkina, the fish because of contamination or radiation may appear tumor or swelling, but will not appear the horns. In any case, for an accurate diagnosis Balushkina it is necessary to explore the remains of a horned pike.
What’s curious is that in the folklore of the indigenous peoples of Western and Northern Siberia there are stories about big pike, which they call «underwater dragons». On Yamal has heard stories about the dangerous pike Piri with horns on his head, and in the legends of the southern Khanty spirit of the river Sarthe-lung is able to turn into a huge pike and flip fishing boats.