The South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage has announced it has been investigating a number of sightings of large goldfish and sea snails on the coastlines of the state.
Key points:A large goldfin is believed to have washed ashore near Lake Burleigh in South Australia’s Goldfields regionLast month, a similar incident occurred in the same area, but it was later deemed a false alarmFish have been found swimming around Lake Burrell in the past, but this time they have been swimming around a large gold finLast year, a large Goldfin was seen swimming around the South Coast of South AustraliaThe department said it had received reports of the goldfish from residents of the Goldfields, while the department said there were no reported sightings of the fish in the vicinity of the Lake Burrigas reservoir in the Gold Fields area.
It said the Goldfins were believed to be in the water at the time, but the department did not provide details about where they were found or when they were spotted.
“The Goldfin is believed in the Lake of the Woods and there are no reported Goldfinches in that area,” it said in a statement.
“However, we are not aware of any reports of any Goldfinch populations in the area, and therefore it is not believed to harbour any populations in Lake Burrenas reservoir.”
Goldfinches are the world’s largest freshwater fish, with a length of 2.5 metres and a weight of up to 1.5 tonnes.
It has been recorded swimming around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the world most popular tourist destinations.
But Goldfinds have not been found in South Australian waters.
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