Last weekend was proven to be quite a shocker for us here at fishmalaysia.com. A favourite pond of ours located in University Malaya has been fished clean. These are efforts by the sports facilities department. Their main aim was to eradicate the population of Toman living there.
These efforts were triggered by a very unfortunate incident. A student was attacked by a “mama” and suffered severe lacerations. The male student which we have not been able to identify his identity was attacked during a bout of “kayak polo”.
This game is indigenous to the UM alumnus. An unusual game which involves paddling your kayak to a volley ball and tossing it into a net. While the chap was scooping the ball from the water was when he was attacked. The beast that attacked him was said to be quite a sizeable critter.
Clearly the UM facilities department did not heed our warning. Yes we here at fishmalaysia.com did send out a warning to the department when we did our first observation there. This of course fell on to deaf ears.
This is a copy of the email sent to a email@example.com. No reply was received to answer us.
From: fishmalaysia.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Toman observation in UM lake
Date: 26 February 2013 14:55:46 GMT+08:00
Hello Encik Yan,
Seperti yang telah saya kemukakan tadi inilah klip ikan toman di UM.
Dalam pendapat saya, masa seperti sekarang (dikelilingi anak) adalah masa yang paling bahaya untuk spesis ini.
Ikan in ada didalam lingkungan 4 – 5 kilo dan boleh membahayakan pendayung disana.
Tolong kemukakan isu ini dengan tuan pengarah untuk tindakan selanjutnya.
Siva Kumar Kulendran
The video above would be the one with the mama swimming with its young.
As usual those in service of the government seek the best response in every situation and in this case are taking time to respond to my email. I am still looking forward to hear from this chap.
What really was “attactive” is the course of action by the UM facilities department. The first course was to “have” a toman fishing contest. Where the prize was that you get to keep the fish. How brilliant!
the link above reads as below.
PERTANDINGAN MEMANCING IKAN TOMAN DI TASIK VARSITI
Assalamualaikum, Salam Sejahtera dan Salam 1Malaysia
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You would find a true capitalist to turn a misfortune into something worthwhile. This event was more than a coincidence in every aspect.
Assuming the efforts of this events was futile the facilities department resorted to netting and dumping the fish.
The course of event ensuing was relatively unsettling. According to one of the staff that took part in this effort what happened was they would net the mama and the fry. Dump the fry into the flowing monsoon drain and keep the mama for the pot. Quite a number of these fishes were cooked.
The sizes of adult tomans ranged from lower kilos to a whopping 6 kilo fish. The fate of the fry would have been that it would have swam down to the klang river and now be drifting in the currents there. Only one way to find out.
The netting also claimed some collateral damage from the lake. Possibly some fish outside the targeted species could have been harvested. This however is a speculation.
The above fish was catatonic at the time this was takes. Presumably in early stages of decomp.
Apparently there have been other folk fishing here too. It could be the clever students themselves. Word here is if you catch a toman in these waters take it home.
Folks this article is not meant to incriminate anyone. Being a responsible institution, UM did take a lot of effort in addressing the issue. What really is regretted that this was a too late case.
While we were there we did find some interesting things about UM and its efforts for aquatic life. Here are a couple of samples.
The pictures above was taken from a research lab. The scientists and aspiring geniuses were working on something with Marble Gobys. Do take note the solitary fish in the tank above was quite a whopper.
PS. Toman taste good?