My daughter and I were walking her dog along the waterway on Thursday when we spotted two big, beautiful koi swimming past. We stopped and made certain we were actually seeing what we thought we were seeing, and yes, those were two enormous koi, swimming side by side.
We both thought it was odd because the koi pond doesn’t have an outlet to the waterway. The koi pond is completely separate, and well-cared-for, by the way. The attendant spends about four hours a day keeping the pond clean and feeding the fish. They’ve added two “gators” now. They aren’t real, of course, but they’re a delight to the kids, and we think they added them to discourage the herons from feeding.
We spoke to one of The Woodlands Ambassadors about the koi in the waterway, and he said that they had received reports of sightings, and they’d been out looking for them in a boat. They want to catch them and return them to the pond. They don’t know how they got out. One hypothesis is that a heron may have been trying to fish for dinner and inadvertently dropped the jumbo fish in the waterway while trying to fly away with his catch. Interesting.
So if you’re at the waterway any time soon, keep an eye out for the koi. There are lots and lots of fish in there, but these two really stand out. One is bright gold and the other is red and black. When we saw them, they were sticking close to one another, swimming in the direction of I-45. Here’s hoping they catch them and return them to their rightful home back in the pond soon.