Monster Goldfish Goes Monster

Published On February 24, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, Shooting News, TV News Vault

A month ago KCRA reporter Kevin Oliver and I drove up to Lake Tahoe to spend the morning with some marine scientists who made an amazing discovery — that ordinary o to 2-inch long goldfish that had been dumped into the lake had survived and were living, growing and breeding — into 1 1/2 to 2-foot long goldfish. Giant goldfish had invaded Lake Tahoe and were calling this resort home.

KCRA reporter Kevin Oliver interviewing marine researcher Christine Ngai on the edge of Lake Tahoe.

The season for studying the fish of Lake Tahoe is from Spring till Fall, so we wouldn’t be seeing any of the monster goldfish on this trip, and would have to rely on .jpeg photos that the scientist would be providing us. I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to get back up to the lake and go out with the scientists when they are actually assessing the lake’s fish population.

On the drive back Kevin said, “It’ll be interesting to see how people react to this story.”

I immediately responded, “Are you crazy? People are going to go nuts over this. This story’s going to be picked up by everybody. Just wait and see — this is going to wind up being on the cover of National Geographic.”

The story aired on Tuesday, February 19 (2013) on KCRA’s 10 and 11 O’Clock Report.

The next day the phones started ringing.This week I was editing Common Ground, KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program. But every day I was making new copies and new editing variations of the goldfish story for different news organizations that wanted to run it.

AOL, which I didn’t even know still existed, wanted to run the story on their news site.

CNN wanted to run it.

Then at the end of the week NBC ran this variation of our story on their Thursday NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on February 21, 2013:

Finally, NBC wanted a compilation of 5-7 minutes of our best raw footage and interview bites uploaded to them on Thursday afternoon. The next morning, Friday, February 22, 2013, this ran on The Today Show:

Take a little fish and toss it into a big pond, it has to learn to swim with the big boys. Just goes to show what a little fishbowl we live in.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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