Bart's Blinky? Three-eyed Fish Raises Nuke Fears

Fishermen caught a three-eyed fish in a reservoir that receives water from a nuclear plant in Argentina.

¡Ay, caramba! A three-eyed fish was caught in a reservoir in Argentina, reported Cadena 3, an Argentine news service.

The fishing hole where the mutant fish was caught may be more of a fission hole. The reservoir, named "Chorro de Agua Caliente," receives water from a nuclear plant in the province of Córdoba.

"Simpsons" fans will remember the same thing happened in Springfield. Bart caught Blinky, a three-eyed fish, in the pond fed by Monty Burn's nuclear power plant in the episode "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish," from the second season of the hit series.

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Five Argentine fishermen's "woo-hoos" turned to "d'ohs" when the wolf fish (Hoplias malabaricus) they pulled into their boat looked back at them with three eyes.

"Because it was night, we didn't realize it in the moment," Julián Zmutt told Cadena 3.

After checking the fish out by lantern light, one of the fishermen noted the bizarre mutation.

"We've fished here for many years, and this is the first time this has happened," Zmutt said.

Through no official examinations have been completed, the fishermen think the mutant's proximity to the nuclear plant is a little fishy.

"You start to talk about the nuclear center. You can't let go of the worry," said Zmutt.

Like Burns in the "Simpsons" episode, the fishermen don't have the stomach for three-eyed fish. They plan to submit it for testing, then have it preserved.


Close-up of the three-eyed wolf fish caught in Argentina (Credit: Cadena 3).

The three-eyed wolf fish caught in Argentina (Credit: Cadena 3).