A Fish which survives without water – Story from Sri Lanka – Video
This story of an incredible Gourami fish living outside of water comes from Sri Lanaka. Recently a popular Sri Lankan News Channel, Swarnavahini broadcasted an amazing video of a real Gourami fish in Bataduwa suburb, in Galle City, Sri Lanka. This Giant Orange colour fish can do strange things that other fishes cannot do. Even it eats tomatoes, water spinach (kang-kung); its favorite food is “chocolate.” You will see it in the video (See below) that the owner is giving him Chocolate. Once someone brings a chocolate near to the water pond, the fish quickly comes to grab the chocolate.
It is funny how the cats watch all the scene of chocolate eating. Probably they are jealous of the entire fishy scene going on in their neighbourhood. Watch out! The Gourami is out of water. It’s his show time outside water! The owner takes the fish out of water and holds it and pats it. The fish has the habit of opening its mouth like a kid, once in the owner’s hands. The owner’s little son and daughter love their fish so much. The owner’s son sings lullaby songs to the fish, while Gourami fish is resting on a pillow. Not only children cuddle the fish, the pussy cat friends also get into fish’s body and lick it. However, if the cats do any hurting to our fella, Gourami, then the fish quickly jumps into the water pond near by.
The owner says this fish is a “Giant Gourami,” and initially it was about the size of a finger nail, weighting now approximately 7kgs. It eats onions, chillies, even curd and honey. From its childhood, it grew up as a cuddly fish. Watch how owner’s daughter keeps it in her lap while swinging. The fish can stay about 20 minutes outside of water. The owner says their fish is like a cat.
The owner’s son says, it likes the patting and love to sleep. It loves when others stroke its mouth part area (According to the family, fish love to stay outside longer when someone stroke its mouth part area). The News announcer says that love can do much more things in life. After all, this kind of fish and human relationship, full of love and care can bring beauty to our nature. It’s no wonder that Nurture and Nature goes together in this universe! Watch this video first and go below to read how this fish survive without water.
How does this fish survive without water ?
Even it amaze many of us regarding the fact that Giant Gourami fish can live outside of water for prolonged period, they can actually live without water for even hours. It is not surprize that some fishes have special organ in their system called “Labyrinth,” which allows the fishes to breathe air from the surface of the water. This special organ acts as a survival mechanism of fishes when in a low oxygenated and high temperature environment. Some Labyrinth fishes are able to crawl across land to another water bodies. The “Climbing Perch” is another type of a Labyrinth fish that can even climb trees. Here are some of the popular species of Labyrinth fish; Betta – Betta Splendens, Blue Gourami – Trichogaster trichopterus, Chocolate Gourami, Dwarf Gourami – Colisa lalia, Giant Gouarmi, Honey Gourami – Colisa chuna “Gold”, Kissiing Gourami – Helostoma temminckii, Moonlight Gourami – Trichogaster microlepis, Paradish Fish, Pearl Gourami – Trichogaster leeri, Powder Blue Gourami – Colisa lalia, Snakeskin Gourami, Sunset Gourami, Three-Spot Gourami – Trichogaster trichopterus.