Mystery 'fish' on Karachi beach is a bad omen, say locals

Published: April 1, 2013

TV screengrab of mystery fish. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: A mystery ‘fish’ was found on Clifton beach on Monday, drawing hundreds of eager onlookers.

The dead fish-like creature was found early morning during a low tide by locals, who alerted local police due to the strange nature of the carcass.

Security officials cordoned off the area, but a large crowd gathered to see the fish, creating a carnival-like atmosphere on the beach front.

“This fish is amazing. It has no face…where does it eat from?” asked Allah Ditta, a local resident.

Others looked upon the four-eyed fish creature as a bad omen for the city, or perhaps Pakistan. Some citizens said the fish was a sign that the upcoming elections would be delayed, or massive rigging would take place — at least in the locale the fish creature was found.

Former Head of the Ministry of Local Fisheries and Aquatic Exploration, Azaad Muqam said the fish was likely the result of a mutation. He dismissed all rumours of the fish creature being a bad omen.

“A fish with four eyes and no mouth is not going to impact the elections…we are working hard towards free and fair polls, and if anything, extra eyes should be seen as a sign of greater scrutiny and transparency at the polls,” Muqam said in a media briefing.

Local media report the fish’s carcass is likely to be on display for the rest of the day as large crowds have gathered to see the new local attraction. It is also reported that the fish-creature may be preserved and displayed next to the carcass of the whale shark at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History.

Update: Have a merry April Fools day.

Reader Comments (39)

  • GS@Y
    Apr 1, 2013 - 12:53PM

    “and if anything, extra eyes should be seen as a sign of greater scrutiny and transparency at the polls,” Muqam said in a media briefing.

    Facepalm ….

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  • Usama
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:01PM

    1st April

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  • Sher Ghazi
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:19PM

    Subhan Allah. or “Or Tum Allah key kon kon se Naeymatoon ko Jhutlaoghay”

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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 1:19PM

    Superstitious nation. Ignorance of science leads to stupidity. Someone teach them evolution, ffs. Genetic defects are a biological phenomenon.

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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Is this an ‘april fool’s prank by ET? That pic is ‘shopped.

    Here’s the original http://milionarulmioritic.com/2008/05/30/la-pescuit-de-brokeri-in-romania/

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  • S
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Terrible joke

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  • Iftekhar
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:27PM

    is that an april fools joke?

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  • IZ
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:34PM

    “Security officials cordoned off the area…”

    Haha. Nice one ET…

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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 1:39PM

    This has got to be the biggest troll! This picture came out on the internet a few years ago….
    April fool’s eh?Recommend

  • Citizen
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:44PM

    This article is fake and yes the image has been photoshopped as pointed out by Dan. Would be interesting to see the real fish found if there was one washed up on clifton beach.

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  • Something fishy
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:48PM
  • RS
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Nice caucasian hands.

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:32PM

    Well played ET, well played. Its funny how some people fell for the 1st April prank.

    For the believers: A fish with no mouth would die hours after it is born, a creature needs food to survive you know.

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  • Zohaib Hassan
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:32PM

    This is a lame joke seriously.

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  • Khan
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:35PM

    ET has seriously lost its entire credibility by posting such news with fake pictures downloaded from the internet. Please see links below:

    http://www.happytime.ca/2008/07/mutant-animal-photoshop-contes.html
    http://milionarulmioritic.com/2008/05/30/la-pescuit-de-brokeri-in-romania/
    http://bestofphotos.co.uk/?tag=fish
    http://s278.photobucket.com/user/Raptor12284/media/Other/408620AFie_w.jpg.html

    and many many more….
    Grow up ET

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  • waqas
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Something is fishy here!! :p April-fooled!

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  • Arshad Hussain
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:43PM

    This looks to be a classical case of genetic mutation.

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  • April fools
    Apr 1, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Irresponisble Journalism

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  • hassam khan
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:01PM
  • Richard Holbrooke
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:31PM

    April fools are a plenty

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  • Aviator
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:37PM

    Haha nice one ET! Happy April Fools Day! :)

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  • Taz
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Pathetic news! There should be some check on the news content!

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  • Sidrah
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:52PM

    LMAO a really bad attempt at April Fools joke by ET.

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  • Fahad Hafeez
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Hahahahahha :D

    “A fish with four eyes and no mouth is not going to impact the elections…we are working hard towards free and fair polls, and if anything, extra eyes should be seen as a sign of greater scrutiny and transparency at the polls,” Muqam said in a media briefing.

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  • farheen
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:01PM

    Since when did our sea become so blue??

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  • not impressed
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:12PM

    @Arshad Hussain:
    sir, i think you’re the only intelligent person here.

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  • RQ
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:13PM

    ROFL @ all comments

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  • Wajib
    Apr 1, 2013 - 6:30PM

    This is a common tropical fish species – stultus avrilus

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  • aayM
    Apr 1, 2013 - 7:15PM

    April fool@Sher Ghazi:

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  • Ali
    Apr 1, 2013 - 7:42PM

    @Alishba Zarmeen,
    You are ignorant of science, too. A “fish” with no mouth cannot eat and would not be able to survive. Evolution does not happen in a day. You should also know that this is most probably a scam and that the “fish” does not exist at all.

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  • IceSoul
    Apr 1, 2013 - 7:53PM

    @Wajib: I think you mean Aprilus Foolus!

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  • Umar
    Apr 1, 2013 - 8:20PM

    LOL @ April fool

    nice prank ET

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  • Mj
    Apr 1, 2013 - 9:24PM

    @Sher Ghazi:

    Gullibility knows no bounds.

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  • 1984
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Photoshop Fail :Level 99

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  • Osama
    Apr 2, 2013 - 9:16AM

    News sites lose credibility if they create a misleading news report in the public sphere and publish it. If they create a false news or event about themselves, like they’re shutting down or giving their employees paid 3 month holidays, then it’s okay. You’re a news giver, don’t mess with that, Google didn’t tamper with search results or twitter didn’t tamper with tweets – they just made false announcements.

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  • Shumaila Taj
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:42PM

    It’s really amazing if it’s real!!

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  • Loki
    Apr 3, 2013 - 5:39AM

    @Khan:
    If you didnt notice at the end they said it there self Have A Merry April Fools Day

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  • naureen
    Apr 15, 2013 - 1:24AM

    If anything, ET has got rigged! Shame now im seriously doubtful about your credibility and authenticity of your posts. Guess now have to stick with Dawn!

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  • Stranger
    May 6, 2013 - 4:56PM

    Sick joke.

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