Is the Mexico water monster extinct? This is the question that a team of researchers at the Mexico’s National Autonomous University is trying to find an answer to. The odds are slimming down since the last expedition on the lakes in Mexico, where the creature lives, has not revealed any specimen.
The researchers are worries that the axolotl, more commonly known as the Mexico water monster or the walking fish, may have disappeared as a species. In the last three months of search, all missions have concluded there was no axolotl in the waters of Xochimilco and Chalco, where the species has always lived.
Some axolotls are still living in labs, but the perspective of multiplying them and reintroduce them in their natural habitat is low, as the main reason for the extinction seems to be the high level of pollution of the lakes.
A 1998 report presented by the Mexican Academy of Sciences showed an average of 6,000 axolotls per square kilometer in their natural habitat. The figures dropped dramatically in the following decade, to 100 axolotls in 2008.
The research team is planning another expedition in the cold season, as it is the walking fish’ breeding season and this would make them more reachable, if, in fact, there are still some left.