American Alligator Gar Measuring 2-Feet Caught in Kolhapur’s Panchganga River

American Alligator Gar Measuring 2-Feet Caught in Kolhapur’s Panchganga River

A two-foot-long aquatic creature that appears to be an American alligator gar was caught from Kolhapur’s Panchganga River. Residents said that they caught the fish during standard fishing activities on Sunday near the Chikhali Prayag village at the Panchganga River, roughly 5 km from Kolhapur city.

A resident named Kishor Dalvi originally found and weighed the four Kg fish. He said that officials from the Forest Department have been notified of the development and that they will inspect the fish. 

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“As interest and hobby, I go for fishing. During the fishing activity, a fish has a broad snout and long sharp teeth were caught in a net. As the fish was different and I do not know about the fish species, I clicked the photos and sent to some people in Kolhapur who are into the fishing business,” Dalvi said while speaking to PTI. 

“As some fishermen in the village cautioned me not to release the fish back into the river as it may pose danger to the indigenous fish, we have now kept it in a tank and waiting for the forest officials, who will inspect and take a call on it,” he added.

The fish appears to have sharp teeth and a broad snout, a rare find for the region. Experts say that this fish is native to North America. 

While there’s currently no information on how this fish appeared in Kolhapur, the Forest Department is expected to offer more information over the coming days.

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