A Fish Tale

I have to warn you, the following tale is a tad bit gross. Not like, you're going to lose your lunch gross, but just kinda, ewww.

Here goes...

In our backyard is a koi pond. We own no koi, nor did we install the pond, it was here when we bought the house. In the pond, were about 10-15 large-ish gold fish and two large white catfish. The catfish died about a year after we moved in, not really sure why, old age? (What's a fish life span???) and occasionally, a gold fish becomes victim to a visiting crane or heron. We live in the city, but near enough a large canal that herons and cranes do find us, our pond and ultimately our fish. And they like to eat them.

One morning, I woke up, looked out my bedroom window (upstairs) which looks over the roof of the playroom add-on and the back yard- and I noticed something on the playroom roof. It was a large, bright orange fish- and it was dead. I thought about what I was seeing, and figured unless this was some ridiculous super fish, it did not jump up to the roof from the pond, and that most likely a crane TRIED to carry it away and was either scared or found the fish to be too heavy- and it dropped the fish while flying off.

It was kind of gross having a dead fish on the roof, and I was trying to decide how to get it off. But, the playroom add-on was built by previous owners and they did not do it to code. It's a decent enough room and all, but I don't really trust the roof and it's ability to hold an adult walking on it. Besides, I'd have to have a pretty big ladder, and I don't.

It was too far into the center of the roof to reach with a broom or similar long handled device. So, I decided, since summer was coming, the heat would likely help decompose the fish, it was dry up, flake away, and decompose until it eventually blew off the roof.

As each week came, I'd peek out the window to check the status of the fish. Still there. Still there. Yup, still there. Looks the same. Ooh- it's turning white! It's all white now. Still there. Still white. This continued for quite some time.

I believe I originally discovered the fish in April, and can I just tell you the dang thing is STILL there! Really! Wouldn't you think a fish on a hot (then cold) roof would decompose and go away faster than that?

I look forward to the day, when I can look out my window in the morning, across my fish free roof, but at this point, I'm starting to wonder how many years that may take!

So gross! Only I could end up with a dead fish on my roof in the middle of the city.


  1. That must not have been too gross, because I am CRACKING UP! This is so funny! Probably not too funny to you though :)

  2. OMG, I am dying laughing right now!! That is so hilarious!

  3. LOL! That's funny and gross.

    BTW It's about that time again :)


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