The most recent example of this life that surrounds us came yesterday with a Parks Department announcement of their findings after dredging the lake in Central Park. Here’s an excerpt from the New York Post article that covered the story in today’s paper:
“Parks Department workers dredging parts of The Lake were startled to discover more than 5,000 massive carp lurking in the shallows. The behemoth koi, some 3 feet long and weighing up to 30 pounds, were pulled from the popular rowing spot. The dredging also stirred up several brawny, bellicose snapping turtles – some as big as 50 pounds – and plenty of freshwater clams. Work began on the 21-acre body of water in the spring, part of two major reconstruction efforts that mark the beginning of the end of a 30-year effort to upgrade and improve Central Park’s infrastructure.”
30 pound carp and 50 pound snappers — what an exciting backyard we all share! You can’t get that in the suburbs.