News Gowanus Canal three-eyed fish report 'absolutely a hoax,' NY biologist says A fisherman caught what appears to be a catfish with three eyes in the Gowanus Canal. The reported third eye is the spot on top of the fish's head. Photo Credit: Gothamist.com By ZOYA HANNAH TEIRSTEIN / Special to amNewYork Updated November 9, 2015 7:18 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email There’s something fishy about that three-eyed fish that someone supposedly pulled out of the Gowanus Canal on Monday morning. John Waldman, an aquatic conservation biologist and a professor of biology at Queens College, identified the three-eyed mutant as a species of bullhead catfish, a freshwater fish that almost certainly would not be able to survive in the infamously polluted Gowanus. “It’s absolutely a hoax,” said Waldman, who has written a book about New York Harbor. “That fish can’t possibly live in that kind of salinity and it looks like it’s been dead a long time.” The puzzled professor added, “I mean, where better to find a catfish with three eyes other than in the Gowanus canal? It’s just too perfect.” The probable hoax got some Internet play after Gothamist posted a video of the fish, which looks like a black catfish, with an eye clearly on the top of its head. By ZOYA HANNAH TEIRSTEIN / Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.