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A Thames carp

A Thames carp

I was alerted to the fact that a rather large carp had been washed ashore near Small Profit Dock near Barnes, there was nothing small about this fish that measured 36ins from its upper lip to its tail and over 18ins from its back to its belly. The decomposing mass was missing its eyes and had been pecked at by scavenging birds and rats.

Monster on the shore

Monster on the shore

A large stick was placed near it in order to judge its size. However it had been dead for some time and may well have been slightly bigger. There have been several large carp washed up recently, this was clearly the largest seen to date. It would have been good to get a scale and send it off to a lab in order to get a better idea of the age of this fish.

It would be worthwhile sending a sample off to the Thames Anglers’ Conservancy and the Environment Agency to see what killed this fish. For more information on TAC see http://www.rivertac.org

If you are interested in current record size fish from the Thames you may want to read this link http://rivertac.org/thames-record-fish-list/

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