This video shows an apparent three-eyed catfish caught by a risk-taking fisherman in Brooklyn. The term “fisherman” should be used lightly here, for nobody should ever forage for food in the Gowanus Canal. This famed superfund site stands as one of the most highly polluted areas in the United States. No one should ever swim in this canal, let alone seriously consider nabbing a free meal from the water’s confines, which have been known to overflow with sewage from time to time.
Some enterprising reeler may have done the unthinkable. Gothamist nabbed the details (and this video footage) of a three-eyed something hanging out on a dock. One would presume this fisherdude was thinking clearly, but someone reported that the guy was hungry enough to go there:
“Bunch of people were crowding this dude fishing near Whole Foods on Gowanus. He caught a 3 eyed cat fish. Some lady was flipping out cause he whacked it dead and she said they were trying to preserve the remaining wildlife there or something. It was a crazy scene. He said he was gonna eat it! Crazy.”
Man, those are some serious munchies. The fish looks disgustingly real and like something that could pop out of the Gowanus. There have been recorded cases of three-eyed fish (including one 2014 instance in the Great Lakes Basin), so this could be the real deal. Or (because this is the Internet) it could all be a hoax.
Sadly for those who want to believe, an NYU biology professor spoke with the New York Post to say it looks like someone slapped a piece of eye-shaped paper on top of this catfish. Is this Blinky a mere imitator?
For old time’s sake, here’s a 2010 recorded instance of raw sewage floating into the Gowanus.