Greenkeeper finds salmon swimming in bunker puddle

By Alistair January 8, 2016 03:26 Updated

A stunned greenkeeper at Peterculter Golf Course in Scotland has filmed a salmon swimming in a puddle in the one of the course’s bunkers.

It is thought the fish was originally in the River Dee, which was flooded during Storm Desmond in December.

Dylan Meinen, 24, was surveying storm damage when he came across the fish, still alive in the water, in the bunker at the third hole.

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Five greenkeepers were able to catch the salmon and release it back into the river.

Mr Meinen remarked he “had seen it all now” and his video on Facebook has been watched more than 77,000 times.

He said: “I was going round the course to check on the damage the floods had caused.

“When I got down to the third hole, I saw that the bunker was flooded. However, when I looked closer I saw a fish swimming about.

“I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing, so I phoned the course manager to tell him and he thought I was winding him up.”

Paul Sharp, 40, of Aberdeen, the course manager at Peterculter, said: “When I got a call to go down to the third green about a fish swimming in the bunker I did not believe it at first.

“The third hole was closed over the weekend due to flooding, so when the water subsided the salmon got stuck in the bunker.

“The water was about eight inches deep, so any lower and the salmon may have not survived.

“I have worked here for nine years now and not seen anything like this.”

He said: “It was quite difficult to catch it even with five of us trying.

“It eventually beached itself, so I was able to catch it and release it back into the Dee.”




By Alistair January 8, 2016 03:26 Updated

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