Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fact of the Day: Koi Fish

The ornamental pond fish known as Koi originated in Japan. Their ancestors were common carp who were normally raised as a food source in places like Europe and China. Like the origin of goldfish, they realized some carps would produce mutations of different colors on their scales. So they would separate the unique carp from the normal carp, which eventually led to the many beautiful varieties of the Koi fish we often see in ponds. 

23 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Some of them can get SO big!

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I didn't know that.

Emmylou said...

Would love to have an outdoor pond someday just to have some Kois:D

Gloria Baker said...

lovely!

Pat Hatt said...

The cat would like the flashy fish

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Neat fact

DeniseinVA said...

I love koi. We have a few that we see in a local pond. I've seen them in abundance on holidays. Always so colorful and a delight to the eyes. Very interesting bit of trivia about them Adam, thank you.

DEZMOND said...

delightful

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I just see a walking sushi here, lol!

Sharon said...

I have a lot of Koi fish!

Unknown said...

I love those little fish!!
xx

Al Penwasser said...

They look much more beautiful than when carried around in little plastic bags.

Christine said...

So pretty!

Cloudia said...

Very popular here as well! ♥

Aloha

Anna-Alina said...

they look so cute and pretty!

stephen Hayes said...

I've always wanted a Koi pond.

Kay said...

This is very interesting. I thought they originated in China.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Cool info. I really like these fish.

Ann said...

They are said to be lucky.

Pilar Domínguez said...

I remember you once told us about these fish and their origin. Kisses, Adam:)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love seeing these fish - I think they're so beautiful!

Caro * said...

Very nice ! Have a lovely week :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have always wanted some of these fish!