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Three-Eyed Fish Reportedly Caught Near Argentinean Nuclear Power Plant
October 28, 2011
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There's a season two episode of The Simpsons called "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" in which Mr. Burn's gubernatorial bid gets derailed when Bart catches a mutated three-eyed fish (Blinky) in a river downstream of Burn's Nuclear Power Plant. What a crazy idea, right? A three-eyed fish? Preposterous!

But in Rio Tercera, Argentina recently, five guys, uh, caught one.

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Julián Zmutt, one of the anglers responsible for reeling in this handsome devil, said he and his fishing buddies didn't notice anything different about the wolf fish at first, as it was still dark out when it was caught. But after they flicked on a flashlight and took a closer look, the Simpsons jokes began.

In the age of Photoshop, there's always the chance a story like this might be fishy. Especially because it hews so closely to a Simpsons plot. What makes it even more Springfield-ian is that the five anglers were fishing a section of Rio Tercera's Reservoir Lake called "Chorro de Agua Caliente" (which roughly translates to "Hot Tap Water") - a nickname given to the spot because it's near a point where hot water from a nearby nuclear energy facility is pumped. Even without visible sea life mutations on the scene, that seems like a place where you maybe don't want to spend too much time.

The fish is currently cooling his gills in one of the fisherman's freezers. There are plans to have it tested, and then other plans to embalm the odd specimen. As for the five other fish they caught that day in the same Reservoir Lake? They've already been eaten.

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