By Madelyn Kearns, Associate Editor
Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
A man fishing in the polluted waters of the Gowanus Canal – which travels alongside the New York City borough of Brooklyn – has come across what appears to be a mutated catfish with three eyes.
The fisher in question hooked his tri-spectacled prey near to a local Whole Foods supermarket, and plans to eat the fish, affectionately named Brooklyn “Blinky” in a homage to a three-eyed cartoon fish character from the TV show “The Simpsons,” reported the Gothamist.
This is by no means the first the world has heard of a potential three-eyed catfish species – claims of such fish have arisen in Argentina as well as in the Great Lakes region of the United States over the past couple of years. Just last year, Third Eye Louie, a fish with similar features to Brooklyn’s “Blinky”, was hauled in from Lake Nipissing in Canada and then subsequently thrown back, according to the Bay Today.
Some people like Richard Borowsky, an NYU biology professor, are skeptical that Brooklyn “Blinky” is the real deal. As Borowsky relayed to the New York Post: “It looks like someone stuck a piece of paper on this [fish] to make it look like a third eye.”
Watch the video of Brooklyn Blinky being reeled in here and decide for yourself.