David Element


Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images


_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fishes 2 - Common Carp




A close up of a fish

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COMMON CARP Cyprinus carpius


·         In order to survive to this size a Common Carp Cyprinus carpius (an introduced fast-growing freshwater fish and therefore in direct competition with native species) simply needs to avoid being eaten but once it has grown too large to be swallowed by a Grey Heron Ardea cinerea or a Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo a specimen like this must have a reasonable chance of living to a ripe old age of perhaps twenty years! It must be presumed that a significant majority of its species will not be so fortunate. This image has been computer-adjusted in order to reduce interference from the reflections from the water’s surface and clarify the image of this rather impressive fish.


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