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Flood Leaves 'River Monster' Stranded In Fence

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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.

https://www.thedodo.com/fish-in-fence-after-floods-1238447213.html

 
 
 

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If you want to study prehistoric creatures, this is the still living species to do it
with. What better way can there ever be. It's equal to having a still living
Tyrannosaurus Rex and comparing the fossilized remains to the still living
soft tissue!

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