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Fish from Amazon found dead in KK lake

KOTA KINABALU: A fish that weighs more than 100kg was found floating in the Tun Fuad Stephens lake in Bukit Padang.

The huge fish drew attention and excitement among the public and anglers after the joggers discovered them at about 6.30am yesterday.

It measures about 2.4m in length, weighs 108kg and was identified as Arapaima, a native of the Amazon River.

The park was still under City Hall management and no one was allowed to fish at the lake, Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman.

 “The fish was already dead when joggers spotted it, and we sent people to check,” he said.

They believe it could be due to old age but officials from the Fisheries Department and Universiti Malaysia Sabah research team will find out the cause of its death, he added. Asked how a fish from a species that originates from the Amazon ended up in the lake,Nordin said a fish breeder might have released it in there years ago as the person could no longer take care of it.

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