A trout at the Decorah Hatchery in Iowa leapt to its death when it stuck for good to the wall of the raceway.
In January of 2014 during the now infamous polar vortex, a trout thought it would be a good idea to have a jump and feel the fresh air.
The only problem was, the air at that time was a balmy -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since the water feeding through what is known as the raceway is spring-fed and an almost constant 47 degrees, the surrounding waterway remains unfrozen. The air, being what it is when it gets that cold, can create an atmosphere of almost instant freezing, especially when an aluminum wall is concerned.
Apparently the air was so cold that the fish stuck immediately on contact. There’s no telling how long it was stuck before it was found, but it stayed long enough to get its picture taken.
Ice fishermen who ply their trade in these conditions know full well how fast caught fish will flash-freeze in the open air. Still, it’s amazing that a fish probably weighing around 3-4 pounds can stick so insanely fast.
Anyone who has stuck their tongue on a metal pole in the winter knows all too well.