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Straight Outta ‘The Simpsons’: Three-Eyed Fish Caught Near Argentina Nuclear Plant

Remember ‘Blinky,’ the three-eyed fish who first appeared in the animated series “The Simpsons” more than two decades ago? Blinky’s ocular oddity was the result of a mutation caused by radiation from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Well, now life has imitated art: a three-eyed fish has been caught by a group of fishermen in an Argentine reservoir where hot water from a nuclear plant is pumped.

“We were fishing and we got the surprise of getting this rare specimen. As it was dark at that time we did not notice, but then you looked at him with a flashlight and saw that he had a third eye,” fisherman Julian Zmutt told Infobae.com.

This isn’t the first time that seemingly mutated animals have been found near power plants. Albino swallows have been reported in the area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet republics of Belarus and Ukraine. And an earless rabbit born near the site of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear zone may be attributable to  radiation exposure as well.

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2 Comments

  1. Avid ReaderOctober 30, 2011 at 6:28 amReply

    I guess you have never seen what a Flounder looks like.

    If you can’t find news, you can make some up. This would have happened with our without a nuclear plant.

    How do you account for women who give birth to conjoined twins?

    Abnormalities occur randomly in nature.

    When you find a school of fish like this, then you would have a story.

    • Brett WilkinsOctober 30, 2011 at 10:56 amReplyAuthor

      This fish’s third eye may or may not have been caused by radioactive mutation, but I do believe your “three-eyed” flounder’s three “eyes” are markings for purposes of subterfuge. The two functioning eyes are still there right up front. I’m no marine biologist, but…

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