It was discovered in Lake Van! ‘Miracle life’ will be investigated


A study was initiated in Van to investigate the habitat areas and living conditions of the fish, whose species were determined by the research conducted by Van Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ), Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University and Hacettepe University, which were detected during the diving by the Provincial Gendarmerie Command Underwater Team 3 years ago.

YYÜ Faculty of Fisheries, who led the study, Dr. Faculty Member Mustafa Akkuş will check the microbialites at different points of the lake one by one and collect data on the fish.

The habitats, population and feeding conditions of the black-spotted yellow fish species will be mapped with the findings of the research.

In the world’s largest salt and soda lake, 5-6 centimeters of small coral living on the microbiallite where only the fresh water source comes out has been detected so far at two points in Edremit and Gevaş.

“This situation is scientifically a miracle”

Dr. Akkuş told Anadolu Agency (AA) that it has been scientifically proven that a second fish species now lives in Lake Van, where only pearl mullet is known to have lived.

Explaining that the fish called small coral excited both the public and the scientific world, Akkuş gave the following information:

“Fresh water comes out of many places at the bottom of Lake Van. The largest microbialites in the world have been formed where the fresh water, which is rich in calcium, is formed. In other places in the world, the length of microbialites is 5-10 meters, while the length of those in Lake Van is 30-40 meters. New fish. The species also lives on these structures in Lake Van. Maybe a fish living in the narrowest habitat in the world. This is a scientific miracle. A life that has been going on for thousands of years in a narrow area where fresh water comes out, in salty and soda water, where it is difficult for a living thing to live. It carries out its reproduction, life cycle, feeding, ovulation and everything else in this area. “

“Diving schools wanted to come to Van with a team of thousand people”

Stating that they will determine the regions where the fish live by diving in all areas where microbialites are located, Akkuş said:

“Every new finding in science brings with it many questions. How does this fish reproduce here, what is its physiology and biology, what are the ecological characteristics of the habitat it lives in? This story of the fish is exciting. People want to come to Van to see the fish. Hundreds of people have so far called and said they want to dive. There have been hundreds of people calling from the big diving schools to take a photo of the fish. schools wanted to come to Van with a team of a thousand people. An infrastructure should be prepared for people to dive. “