Catching BIG wels catfish in Chernobyl (with a HUGE tumor?!)

Catching BIG wels catfish in Chernobyl (with a HUGE tumor?!)


it’s yours you’re gonna fight oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh Strike? What’s that? Is that a tumor? I’ve never seen anything like this before there’s something over there oh my gosh
oh my gosh I got one! Whoa! Quite a butchery work now… The smaller
one has been dragged to shore and look what’s left. Hi guys, this is George. I’m a
professor in environmental radioactivity and this is one of my favorite sports on
earth. With all the sadness that is linked to the nuclear disaster and that
came from it the beauty of this location is just undeniable it’s a really beautiful place the cooling pond of the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant was once a huge lake more than eleven kilometers long and two
or three kilometers wide now that the water level has dropped so
significantly there are many islands and we wanted to go fishing on one of them
unfortunately not all of us had wading boots so I had to carry my students and
my colleagues onto the island You need rather large made fish in order
to catch one of those bigger catfish that were after. The good thing is that
these fish have never seen a hook in more than 30 years which makes this
location not only one of the most radioactive lakes on earth but also one of
the most natural waters in Europe right thirty… We got some nice catfish
yesterday and we’re trying to get some bigger ones today and for the bigger
catfish we need bigger bait and one big single hook trying to catch the bigger ones it’s yours you’re gonna fight there’s something over there oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh! Who are you? show yourself! I don’t want to lose it
I’m pumping him back oh my gosh oh my gosh nice fight quite a butchery work now. We’re looking
for strontium-90 concentration in the jawbone as an as an easily accessible
monitor for environmental monitoring and it’s a bit ugly to get it out
we not only sampled the flesh but also bone tissue – in particular the jawbone
because bone is famous for accumulating strontium-90 and we wanted to learn more
about the strontium-90 contamination levels in this habitat on last day we were after one rather
rare species here: pike. Pikes are very rare in the cooling pond but we
wanted to give it a try to catch one in the Pripyat River Bay. Not a monster let’s take a look yeah I know I know I know I know you
don’t like it I know you don’t like it ouch ouch
don’t be so stupid Do you put it back? Yes! bye-bye hey again, we’ve tried to lure some
animals into the area and have them eat our fish in front of the camera and
try to see which animals will come and feast on them so this is the spot where
we put the catfish yesterday the bigger one is still there but the smaller one
has been dragged to shore and look what’s left on the first day they did
this and on the second day unfortunately they didn’t as you can see all the fish
are still there well we will try again we hope we we can catch those animals in
action when they’re feasting on our fish I’m trying to wash him off but can we take
the meat now just like a strip like this size like this, not so long not that long, it was it was too much what we took last time there’s dirt you can feed your family with that is that the stomach the gall now all the fish are
gone what’s that is that a tumor that’s no normal tissue we’ve just had the liver now look at look at this oh my gosh I’ve never
seen anything like this before this is really interesting this is not any
typical fish organ this is something completely different it may well be a
tumor cancer is actually quite rare for animals even in Chernobyl because
animals simply don’t live long enough to develop cancer but the catfish perhaps
is making a nice exception because he gets very old and they are the end of
the food chain and so it may well be that this is a huge tumor we will have
to check this in the laboratory more than the size of a grapefruit very very
interesting the only reason the grapefruit was even invented the only
reason was because God want us to have something to compare the size of a tumor
to that’s the only reason Back in lab we’ve started with the investigation of
the fish samples that we have taken and our friends Moni and Wolfram from Austria
came up with a very interesting result in fact what we thought would be a tumor
is not a cancer it’s just a huge inflammation of the liver we don’t know
yet if this inflammation has anything to do with the radioactivity or if it has
other reasons but we are on it so now it’s about the science and let’s see
what we find out we will let you know see you bye bye and thanks for watching

23 thoughts on “Catching BIG wels catfish in Chernobyl (with a HUGE tumor?!)

  1. You are a such an idiot… because you caught fish and killed it because you wanna know what that fish eat?! Really? Why you didint took that fish to te laboratory? ^_^

  2. I really thought this was a high end channel — really good video don’t pay attention to those people talking about “ you’re killing them” it’s all in the name of science. I really hope to see Chernobyl one day for myself and hopefully soon you’ll have an update on the tumor! Really looking forward to watching your future videos & watching your channel grow alongside them. Best of luck bud!

  3. What an awesome and interesting video. I usually love this kind of stuff cause it's right down my lane. As a catch and release fisherman however It hurts seeing all those dead fish, even though it was necessary to carry out those tests.
    Could you specify which species were caught during that trip as there's one I can't quite make out for sure? Wels, zander, pike and some big perch, perhaps?

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