Koi fish swim on campus

If you happen to be walking around the science building on campus, take a close look behind the green house, and you may be able to catch a glimpse of the little orange fish. It is surprising that a pond of fish was hidden from the everyday student’s view and that very few have found the pond, or know why it is there.

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By Monique Larkin

BRIGHT SURPRISE

By Monique Larkin

Behind the Life Science building, there is a secret.

Hidden behind portables and a green house on-campus is what has recently been titled as “the koi pond.”

It is surprising that a pond of fish was hidden from the everyday student’s view and that very few have found the pond, or know why it is there.

For the students who know of “the koi pond,” the bright orange koi fish can catch anyone’s eye if they should look closely enough.

Terri Shaw, co-chair for the RCC Biology Department, said that the real reason for the pond is to keep away mosquitoes.

“There are other fish in that pond that eat mosquitoes and the mosquito larvae,” Shaw said. “A mosquito abatement team comes in and drops in fish to help keep away West Nile virus.”

Shaw said that the koi have survived in the pond for a very long time.

“I have no idea why the koi have survived, but they have been there for a long time,” Shaw said. “Their survival may be because we keep water plants and protists in the pond for our labs. (The pond) is also nice to look like when it is flowering.”

If you happen to be walking around the science building on campus, take a close look behind the green house, and you may be able to catch a glimpse of the little orange fish.

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