The Fur-Bearing Trout is a species of fish that possesses a thick coat of fur to keep itself warm in the cold northern waters where it lives.
These furry fish are primarily found in the northern regions of North America — particularly in Canada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The species is also sometimes referred to as the Beaver Trout, or (incorrectly) as the Sabled Salmon.
Several theories have arisen to explain this creature's luxuriant coat:
- Some say that the creature evolved its thick coat to protect itself from the extreme cold of northern waters.
- According to another lesser-known theory, this species of trout owes its fur to four jugs of hair tonic that were accidentally spilled into the Arkansas River (in Colorado) sometime during the 1870s.
A few researchers suggest that as the weather grows warmer during the spring the fur-bearing trout sheds its fur, only to regrow its coat as winter returns. This may help explain why trout with full coats of fur are so seldom encountered.
According to legend, the fur-bearing trout was first encountered by Europeans when Scottish settlers emigrated to Canada during the seventeenth century. One settler wrote home remarking about the abundance of "furried animals and fish" in the new land. Asked to provide more information about the furried fish, he duly sent home a specimen.
Fur-Bearing trouts mounted as trophies can be found hanging on walls throughout the Great Lakes region of North America.
Other fur-bearing aquatic animals
Other fur-bearing aquatic animals besides trout are sometimes encountered. For instance, fur-bearing crab
are occasionally sold on eBay.
Also, a fur-bearing lobster
(below - right) was found recently deep in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Easter Island. However, this species is not considered to be a tall-tale creature. It is a subject of mainstream scientific inquiry (seriously!).