The mystery as to the identity of the large fish which jumped out of Lake Burley Griffin near the Canberra Yacht Club and ate a seagull skimming across the surface of the water (Burley Monster, November 19) may have been solved.
”The Burley Monster is most likely to be a Murray cod, of which there are many large ones living in the lake,” claims Nick Rusanov, of Isabella Plains.
“‘All the other guys in the group were using yabbies and worms and didn’t catch anything, apart from the odd carp or two, but my mate, Mick, who used a small dead bird he’d found as bait, reeled in a 40kg, 1.2m-long monster cod.”
Credit: Sam Basta, Jr
Stories abound of monsters in lakes and rivers that take birds underwater in a silent whoosh. This lends credence to the story reported earlier that the thing eating birds in East London is not a crocodile, but a huge fish with a taste for poultry.