MAKE ME WANT TO JUMP: Carp jumped out of a dam at Dobies Bight.
MAKE ME WANT TO JUMP: Carp jumped out of a dam at Dobies Bight. Brenda Drinkwater

What made the carp jump 25 metres out of dam?

JUMPING carp were found at least 25 metres from the dam at the Drinkwater's property at Dobies Bight.

Brenda Drinkwater took photos of dead carp on January 6.

"We presumed they died during the weekend's heat of 45 degrees,” Ms Drinkwater said.

She doesn't know how the carp got into their farm dam.

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"Did pelicans, sea eagles or other birds carry the fish eggs? Or did they swim from the river during the huge flood at Dobies Bight in January 2008?” Ms Drinkwater said.

"We built this dam away from the river and waterways and never stocked it with fish so we were amazed to find 15 dead carp around the dam, on the bank and 25 metres away on the grass.

"They were big, 2 to 3kg. It appears that the heat removed oxygen from the water causing the fish to go crazy, leap and die.”

Carp jumped out of dam during heatwave.
Carp jumped out of dam during heatwave. Brenda Drinkwater

Another possible explanation is that carp eliminate the gas in their swim bladder by their natural bodily processes, but there are also times when they need to eliminate this build up and they leap.

The carp jump out of the water and land with a splash that can force the air out of their swim bladder.

Could the carp at the Drinkwater's farm have done this or were they trying to escape the heat?

Anyone who can shed light on the mystery of the jumping carp, contact us.



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