Family Steps In To Save A Turtle Stuck In Catfish's Mouth

USATODAY_AnimalkindPublished: March 29, 2018
Published: March 29, 2018

It seems that someone bit off more that they can swallow. Who knew that a catfish’s big mouth would have him in trouble?

A family was boating on Grapevine Lake in Texas when they saw what appeared to be a giant catfish with something stuck in its mouth. Upon closer inspection, they realized the fish was attempting to eat a large turtle, when the animal’s shell got stuck on its gills.

The fish refused any help whatsoever, evading the people’s attempts at catching him. The woman gave her best shot at dislodging the turtles from inside the fish’s mouth, but to no avail. Using a sturdy fish gripper, they got a hold of the big fella and struggled for a while, before finally getting him on board.

After pulling the catfish on their boat, the lady wrapped a towel around the slippery slugger, while the man shoves his whole hand in the catfish’s mouth, trying to dislodge the turtle’s shells from the soft tissue inside. A wiggle here and pull there and the two animals are free to swim once more. they carefully removed the turtle from the fish's throat and released both animals back into the water.

It seems a bit odd, but fish can, in fact, drown in the water, or rather, suffocate. That is if they are unable to use their gills. Fish require oxygen, just like us, land dwellers. The ‘inhale’ the water, which is rich in oxygen, and pass it through their gills, which like our lungs, process the water and exhale carbon dioxide. If they are unable to perform this process, they will suffocate.

Luckily for this guy, he can use his gills once more.

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