What kind of fish is this?
October 22, 2011 1:56 PM   Subscribe

What kind of fish is this?

We found this fish along the eastern bank of the Hudson River on Dennings Point, near Beacon, NY. It was about a foot long, dead but not yet decaying, hard as a rock. When we flipped it over, it looked identical on the other side. I thought it might be a sunfish or shad, but I don't think that's right. Can anyone identify it?
posted by flyingsquirrel to Science & Nature (4 answers total)
I think it's probably a Pacu. People keep them as pets, they get much too big, and they let them loose in rivers.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:06 PM on October 22, 2011

Looks like a Pacu to me. Maybe someone set their pet free, and it died? They aren't native to NY...
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:07 PM on October 22, 2011

Pacu it is. Thanks!
posted by flyingsquirrel at 2:11 PM on October 22, 2011

People set them free all the time because they don't realize how big they get. I have seen several pics from the Minneapolis area of Pacu too, that large otr larger. They can survive near the power plant warm water discharges.
posted by sanka at 5:21 PM on October 22, 2011

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