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The Mexican Walking Fish

Updated on April 7, 2016

Save The Mexcian Walking Fish

The Mexican walking fish is not a fish at all, they are a aquatic salamander native to Mexico. They are the coolest looking animal in the world. They look like the sea monkey cartoons that were in the back of comic books, these adverts advertised them for sale. These cartoons were and still are on the packages made today.

These salamanders or axolotls (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) are endangered and I would like you to know about them. I only found out about them a year or so ago, but had no idea on how to help them until now.

Magical Creatures

These awesomely cool creatures are very much endangered and nearing extinction. One of their problems is that non-native fish species like the Asian Carp and African tilapia eat the young Axolotls (walking fish). They have no natural defenses against these fish.

However their biggest problem is Mexico itself. Mexico doesn't care about this awesome creature. They have drained lakes, and Mexico City has poured their waste-water into the other waterways totally polluting their habitat. Experts disagree on how to fix this man made problem. Scientist are expected to open a sanctuary in the waters of surrounding the island of the dolls.

The island of the dolls is a creepy little island where a little girl drowned. Her family and her were tourist. The former owner, who also drowned mysteriously on the island would hang up dolls and doll heads all over the small island to ward off evil spirits. His nephew is now the new caretaker of this haunted island. People who go there claim that they hear strange noises, see flashes of light and that the dolls eyes follow them around.

Zambrano has proposed up to 15 axolotl sanctuaries in Xochimilco's canals, where scientists would insert a barrier and clear the area of nonnative species.

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I think that this incredible animal should be shared with the world and though I don't know where to buy them in the US and other countries, it would be a good idea for zoos to open their arms to this magical creature and build their own sanctuaries that would not only protect a few of them from further harm, but educate the public of their plight.

If you are going to keep them, they are around 120 dollars each and you will need a 15 gallon tank at least. They will walk around the bottom of your tank for years. Rarely they metamorphose into land animals, but it has happened. Usually they stay in that in between phase, like they aren't tadpoles, but haven't turned into what they are to become. Like when tadpoles first start growing legs before they become frogs.

Mexican Walking Fish

Sea Monkeys

Some say that they have an alien like look to them, what I think is the cutest thing about them is that they look like they're smiling and they have the appearance of a magical sea monkey, like the ones we bought as children. Well those of us who grew up in the 1980s anyway. My sister owned sea monkeys for awhile.

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    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      First time I've heard of a mexican walking fish. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: That's really sweat.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      What an extraordinarily cool creature! Yes, I would love to have one and I am sure my son would be thrilled. Since they are endangered, I doubt we would be allowed to own one in the US, but we could certainly "sponsor" one at our local zoo. I shall check on that immediately to see is one is available for "adoption". (That's what the zoo calls it, but they keep the creatures and care for them. Works nicely that way. We send donations and visit regularly :)

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      nephthys lm 6 years ago

      I always knew them as 'baby newt' because they look like a newt nymph not quite grown up yet!

      love the Axolotl!

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      They look similar to some of the colorless cave-dwelling salamanders, except that many of them do not have eyes--very interesting lens!

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      TZiggy 6 years ago

      Never had a seamonkey. Learned something today. Cool creatures.

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      Those are anazing looking,

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      nortont 6 years ago

      I love these little critters and am awating some babies to grow big enough for me to have one

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It would be a sad day if we lose the Mexican Walking Fish, that's sad news about Mexico's lack of care for them but their pollution policies are atrocious! I like your idea of at least saving them in zoos. We'll never be rid of the invasive non native species that seem to be eating everything in sight.