Whenever a new species is introduced into an ecosystem it risks setting that ecosystem off balance, and that's why biologist Sudeep Chandra is worried about the increasing giant goldfish population of Lake Tahoe. The fish are not native to the lake, and could be competing with other species for food, and pooping so much that they are affecting the algae populations in the lake. The real fear of course is that the goldfish will master SPLASH and gain enough experience to eventually evolve into mighty Gyarados.
Last summer there was a photo of a giant goldfish making the rounds on the Internet, only it looked totally fake and was from the Daily Mail, which, despite its impressive web presence, is not widely heralded as a source of great veracity. This, however, looks legit: A Kansas City woman named Olivia Riley apparently caught a giant goldfish in Troost Lake.
As to how the fish got in Troost Lake, Riley said there are several possibilities. "There's a lot of theories. One that he went down the old toilet bowl and ended up in the right place," Riley laughed. "And the one of someone not able to take care of a baby goldfish and threw him in, and he survived."Don't worry, she threw it back in. (via TDW)