Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for February 2nd - 11th, 2005
These are Cyprinus carpio, koi fish.
Koi are fancy Japanese carp that are often kept in water gardens to add character and color.
During the winter, the koi in the pool near the Administration Building stop eating and move very slowly. They will become more
active and begin feeding again as the water temperature rises in spring. Koi, or nishikigoi -
Japanese for "brocaded" carp - were first described in writing from a Chinese book written during
the Western Chin Dynasty, 265-316 A.D. Some authorities believe Koi originated in Persia and
spread throughout the ancient world. Some varieties are known for their hardiness, which records
claim can live for long periods of time if simply wrapped in wet moss continuously kept damp.