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Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Koi Whisperer 


This morning we took the girls down to the National Arboretum to feed the koi (錦鯉, ornamental Cyprinus carpio). Evelin's taken the girls down there a couple of times in recent weeks, but on weekdays the koi food dispensers are usually empty. (They only refill the feeders on Saturdays so that the fish don't burst.) A koi feeding frenzy is quite a sight and, as the above clip shows, Celeste was happy to encourage all the activity. Quinn acted as assistant cinematographer and key grip for the shoot.
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This is a great video. Koi as pets or a hobby is very popular right now. There are plenty of people I know who are Koi crazy.

I've never seen fish do that, are these any way related to goldfish?

Mind if I put this on my blog?
 
Hi Rhye, Yeah, koi are kind of wild. They're pretty smart, as far as fish go, and actually trainable to a degree. They're a variety of carp and are related to goldfish (I think they're closely enough related to interbreed, but I could be wrong about that ...). Go ahead, if you want to post it on your blog, that's cool.
 
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