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A bit of a change until I can get out there with my camera again (taken in the Botanical Garden in Montreal):
Koi are ornamental domesticated varieties of the common carp Cyprinus carpio, originated from China and widely spread in Japan. They are very closely related to goldfish, and in fact the style of breeding and ornamentation has become very similar, probably through the efforts of Japanese breeders to emulate goldfish, but they are not goldfish. Koi and tattoos of Koi are traditionally considered lucky.
The word "koi" comes from Japanese. The original Japanese word koi simply means "carp," including both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. Nishikigoi (錦鯉: "brocaded carp") is a more specific term for the ornamental carp.
This one and a number of even more colourful cousins can be found in the Japanese Garden of the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
Camera: Sony Mavica
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