A carp must have taken a wrong left turn at the lake in Central Park and ended up in Bethesda Fountain on Tuesday, turning a calm urban oasis into an episode of The Big Catch.
It’s not clear how the carp got there, but it set off a rescue effort that involved at least four park employees wading into the historic fountain and chasing the fish around. The scene attracted lots of onlookers, some of whom asked if they were looking for a crocodile, according to Andrine Clarke, who witnessed the whole thing and took the photos above and below.
When the fish was finally caught in the net, onlookers let out a cheer and the fishermen and fisherwomen beamed. One released it into the lake, which is in the west 70’s right next to the fountain.
Click through her Instagram post for video of the incident too:
“It was great fun to watch,” she told us.
Sam Koo, who also witnessed the event, said it appeared to be a 20-pound fish and that the heroes were excited when he told them he was taking their picture for West Side Rag.
The Central Park Conservancy confirmed that a carp had been removed from the fountain, but had no further information on how it got there as of press time.