Fish with Fur, (Chordata pilosus), (Beaver Trout Castoridae oncorhynchus, or perhaps incorrectly, Sabled Salmon or Pelted Perch). This fish of the Bayou, genetically related to northern, or Canadian fur bearing trout must be considered a genetic species aberration. In warmer water, fish have no need of warmer coats, even seasonally. Perhaps there are migration routes, heretofore unnoticed, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, similar to those utilized by the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Collected New Orleans, Louisiana. Early 21st Century, c.e.
The Fur-Bearing Trout
The Fur-Bearing Trout is a species of fish that possesses a thick coat of fur to keep itself warm in the cold waters where it lives. These furry fish are primarily found in the Northern regions of North America, but particularly in Canada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. There is a well-known specimen collected from Lake Memphremagog, Vermont, mid-20th Century, c.e. Fur-Bearing trouts mounted as trophies can be found hanging on walls throughout the Great Lakes region of North America.
A number of theories have arisen to explain this creature's luxuriant coat. Some say that the creature evolved its thick coat to protect itself from the extreme cold of northern waters. According to another lesser-known theory, this species of trout owes its fur to four jugs of hair tonic that were accidentally spilled into the Arkansas River (in Colorado) sometime during the 1870s. A few researchers suggest that as the weather grows warmer during the spring the fur-bearing trout sheds its fur, only to regrow its coat as winter returns. This seasonal theory may help explain why trout with full coats of fur are so seldom encountered.
According to legend, the fur-bearing trout was first encountered by Europeans when Scottish settlers emigrated to Canada during the seventeenth century. One of them wrote home remarking about the abundance of "furried animals and fish" in the new land. Asked to provide more information about the furred fish, the settler duly sent home a specimen. If true, this legend would pretty much discredit the Colorado hair-tonic theory of the creature's origin.
The species is also sometimes referred to as the Beaver Trout, or (incorrectly) as the Sabled Salmon or Pelted Perch.