Video of a Texas man rescuing a giant fish has been viewed more than 6 million times on Facebook.
Jeff Yuna posted video of himself lugging a massive carp once stranded in flood waters. Yuna carries the heavy fish a few hundred feet to a nearby lake.
In the video Yuna says “This is carp rescue during Hurricane Harvey. He got out of the lake so we’re going to put him back”
Yuna is from Tomball, Texas, a city on the outskirts of Houston. During the storm, the Tomball Fire Department performed six water rescuesperformed six water rescues to pull people out of vehicles stuck in high water.
At the time of this writing, over 7,000 people commented on Yuna’s fish rescue. As you might imagine, commentary ranged from praise for saving the fish to calls for frying the fish.
Are carp an invasive species?
Several people questioned if Yuna should have put the carp back in the lake, because it may be an invasive species. Asian carp (Cyprinidae) are considered invasive. But the carp in Yuna’s video is most likely a common carp (Cyprinus carpio).
The Texas Invasive Species Institute says that common carp may be aggressive, but many people in the United States do not consider them to be invasive because they have been established since 1870.
Texas Park and Wildlife officials say common carp may live in excess of 47 years and weigh over 75 pounds.
In this second video you can see when Yuna and presumably his son first captured the carp.