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Story - KOI
The Koi is a prized, highly colorful fish that resembles a large goldfish (a distant relative, actually), and can be thought of as an ornamental version of the Common Carp.
The Koi species was developed in Japan over 2 centuries ago, and is called "Nishikigoi" by the Japanese.
Koi can grow to between 2 and 3 feet long, depending on their environment. Many enthusiasts raise Koi in backyard ponds and large aquariums. Interestingly, although most Koi live about 30 years, in some extraordinary circumstances, they can live up to 200 years - how's that for longevity???
Koi can come in a single color (commonly Orange or White), however many come in vibrant multi-colored hues - Oranges, whites, reds, blacks. Just like Zebras or Tigers, if a Koi is multi-colored, there are no two that will be exactly alike.
One of the most extraordinary displays of Koi can be seen in the State of Hawaii, at the Dole Plantation Center in Central Oahu, just outside of the town of Wahiawa. As you can see below, a special giant man-made pond behind the center is home to several thousand Koi!!!
In the photos above, you see the Koi during their feeding time - they consume specially enriched and fortified meal pellets. The pond allows you to marvel at the rich color and natural beauty of the Koi. You can see why so many Koi afficionados admire this gorgeous creature.
While you're here admiring the beautiful Koi, please be sure to check out the special Koi Design Hawaiian shirts at BeanTeacher.com, made in Hawaii by Kamehameha (recently voted by Forbes Magazine as makers of the best Tropical Sport Shirt in their "50 of America's Best" edition). The shirts are available in Rich Gray or Elegant White! Click on the shirts below to get a better look, and to buy these special garments while we still have them in stock!
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