Say hello to Gorbachev, a highly unusual Australian
Lungfish are, in themselves, a peculiar animal which retain
their prehistoric ability to breathe air. And the Australian
lungfish is the most peculiar of all the lungfish - which live only
in Africa, South America and Australia - because while its
counterparts have two lungs, the Australian lungfish only has
If you think that's some strange stuff, then wait until you meet
Sydney Aquarium's Gorbachev. Gorbachev is estimated to be at least
20 years old. He came to Sydney Aquarium when it first opened and
lived with all the other typically grey lungfish. However, at
around five years old, something strange began to happen -
Gorbachev started to turn yellow.
This continued over the next ten years until he became the
brilliant colour he is now - an unusual occurrence rarely sighted
or documented the world over!
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