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Alligator gar fish creates ripples in Dal Lake
Hundreds of dead fishes found floating on lake waters; experts, locals worried
5/26/2023 11:10:20 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, May 26: Although experts are ascertaining the cause of the death of hundreds of fish in the famous Dal Lake, some reports aired apprehension that species of alligator gar fish may be the cause of such mortality.
Hundreds of dead fish floating on the waters of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Friday caused concern among the public and experts over the ecological health of this water body.
Locals were surprised to find dead fish in hundreds floating over the waters of Dal Lake.
Experts suggest that this could have many reasons, including the lack of oxygen caused in the lake water due to pollution.
“Discharge of effluents, growth of weeds and thermal stratification at different parts of the lake are the main reasons behind the large-scale mortality among the fish in the lake”, said an expert here.
It must be mentioned that recently an unknown fish species called the alligator gar fish was found in Dal Lake. Unknown in the Valley, the alligator gar fish is an aggressive survivor capable of devouring fish, weeds, and other forms of life inside the lake waters.
How did the alligator gar fish, which is native to North America and also found in some parts of Bhopal and Kerala, find its way into the Dal Lake?
Opinions of experts vary with most of them saying that this fish species could have been brought into the Valley by some fish lover in a glass aquarium.
Once the fish grew to large size, the owner of the glass aquarium could have dropped it into the Lake. This seems to be a very likely reason, it is widely believed.
Recently, a video was shared on social media revealing that an alligator gar fish had been found in Dal Lake by a local. The fish, although certainly not a threat to human life, still endangers the local ecosystem of the lake, which has raised concerns among researchers and scientists.
The alligator gar fish is native to North America and can be found in some parts of Bhopal and Kerala. Given the existing knowledge of the species' whereabouts in the world, researchers are still confused about how the fish got caught all the way up in the mountain regions of Kashmir.
Whatever the actual reason for the mass mortality of fish in Dal Lake, unless the authorities take this as Nature's warning, life inside the water body could face extinction.
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