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Monday, Apr 21, 2014

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Local urban legend about fishing for the 'emperor fish'

Stomp | Monday, Apr 21, 2014

Stomp contributor Alan spotted this group of uncles who had reeled in a number of unusual fish from Jurong Lake on Good Friday.

According to the uncles, there is something of an urban legend surrounding when you are likely to catch these fish.

Alan says, "These uncles who were fishing told me these 'emperor fish' only come out on public holidays. On normal days they don't get even a single catch!"

The fish appear to be Peacock Cichlids, a fish species that hails from African lakes.

A voracious predator, these fish appear to have taken a foothold in Jurong Lake, judging by the size and number caught yesterday.

The fish are likely to be former pets released into the lake by aquarists.

Alan says, "One jogger asked them if these fishes can be eaten, and the fisherman uncles replied that anything that moves and has its 'back facing the sky' is edible!"


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