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Armored Catfish makes News 13 years after It was caught Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00


The fish, an armored catfish, was caught in 1999 in the New River by father and son Eusebio Urbina Sr., and Eusebio, Jr.

Though only 17-years-old at the time when the catch was caught, Eusebio Jr., was able to remember every detail of that Good Friday’s catch.

He told the Guardian that he, along with his father, had gone fishing that evening behind the Loskots’s New Enterprise, when the unfamiliar creature appeared amongst their catch.

At a first glance, the fish resembled a Baca, but further inspections on the strange looking creature led Eusebio Sr., to conclude that the fish belonged to the catfish family.

Curious, the fishermen decided to keep the strange creature and being that at the time they had a family member working at the morgue, they decided it was best to preserve the fish.

The fish was subsequently embalmed and later varnished. The fish also attracted the attention many of the residents, who claimed they had never seen such species of fish in Belizean waters. 

The fishermen never made any appearances on the media, but now 13-years after the discovery; they have decided to come on the media.

According to Esebio, Jr. the reason for appearing on the media was to prove that astonishment over another armored catfish discovery in another region in the North was nothing to be amazed about since the fish had already been discovered by him and his father.

The embalmed armored catfish is currently being displayed on Eusebio’s Jr., TV stand, but he says he plans on donating it to the Banquitas House of Culture.

There are about 50 different species of armored fish. Their native place is in South American water bodies but now they have also adapted themselves with the streams and canals of Florida as well.