Unusual Fish With Legs Washed Ashore In Colorado

Unusual Fish With Legs Washed Ashore In Colorado

An unusual photo of a fish with little legs surfaced online, making Internet users guess what kind of a creature it is.

The queer fish was found lying dead by the side of a pond in Colorado, USA, by a man who later posted the picture of it on social media, asking: "I found this off a pond in Colorado, what is this?"

According to the picture, the animal has a small body with silver squama, squatty legs, light-coloured paunch and tail.

Well, while some say the fish is a vivid example of evolved fish that developed legs and went ashore, others say it's a fat salamander or just a natural mutant. But what seems to be the truth is that the fish is an axolotl that has died and the corpse has become swollen.

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The axolotl, also known as "a walking fish" or "water monster" is not a fish, but an amphibian. Axolotls are unusual among amphibians in that they reach adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Instead of developing lungs and taking to land, the adults remain aquatic and gilled.

They are currently listed as critically endangered in the wild, with a decreasing population. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs. They were also sold as food in Mexican markets and were a staple in the Aztec diet. A four-month-long search in 2013 turned up no surviving individuals in the wild.

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