Otter Tail County Lake Produces World’s Oldest Freshwater Fish

A fish collected by a North Dakota State graduate student from a west- central Minnesota lake has been verified as the oldest freshwater fish ever taken. Radiocarbon dating shows the bigmouth buffalo fish taken from Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids in Otter Tail County last summer was 112. It was one of five bigmouth buffalo that NDSU grad student Alec Lackmann found that were more than 100 years old. Lackmann’s research team recently published their findings in the journal Communications Biology. Lackmann hopes his work will shed more light on how certain animals can live so long.

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