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Spot the difference

Observed: 12th April 2009 By: Peadar na BreacPeadar na Breac’s reputation in Fish
12th April 2009
8th August 2010
Description:

I caught this beautifully coloured Brown Trout (first pic) in April 2009. At the time it weighed approximately 1lb (give or take an ounce)and I returned it to the water.Then in August 2010 my good friend caught a splendid trout from the same water weighing 3lb 9ozs (seond pic).This fish was killed for the pot, which is something we don't do very often.The photograph he entered into his fishing diary was of the other side of the fish.But then one night in March 2011 he was looking through a lot of trout pics on his computer when he saw an image of the other side of the same fish and somehow went back to my fish only to see that they were in fact the same fish with an incredible weight gain of approximately 2lbbs 8ozs in sixteen months.If you look closely at the spots on both pictures you will quickly see they match exactly.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) interacts

Comments

ophrys's picture

Amazing

What are the odds on that?!

Ian
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Refugee's picture

Count the spots

I counted four spots from the one at the root of the tail. Above the fifth one there are two large ones in the left image and not in the right image. I would sat they were from the same brood...

Refugee

Peadar na Breac's picture

Some of the....

Some of the spots which are less prominent on the fish when it was younger became more prominent on the fish as it grew older.This can make others then look less prominent.Look at where the spots are in relation to say the dorsal fin and also their shape.Look at the head, the spot in the eye and those on the gill plate for instance.This fish has been studied by one of the most eminent Brown trout writers in these islands and he agrees that they are one in the same fish.
Hope this helps
Regards Peter

ophrys's picture

Same fish

Definitely!

Ian
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nightfly's picture

Spot configuration.

The spot configuration is identical. Yes some have become more prominent as the fish has matured, they are all there in the exact same configuration.

Undoubtedly the same animal in my opinion.

Cathal.

bobthebirder's picture

trout

An interesting observation! I'm talking about iSpot to a conference of Wildlife Recorders next month on the Isle of Wight, is it OK if I show them this observation?

Bob Ford

Peadar na Breac's picture

Absolutely Bob...

Absolutely Bob, my pleasure.If there are any interesting comments or such I would appreciate the feedback.
Regards Peter

bobthebirder's picture

Thanks Peter!

Many thanks

Bob Ford

Refugee's picture

I checked again

If i ignore the size of the spots and check again they are in the same places.
So it is more likely to be the same Trout.

Refugee