7 May 2021
The difficult journey of pearl mullets, who live only in Lake Van in the world and migrate to fresh waters by swimming against the flow of water to reproduce in a certain period of the year, continues. The migration, which is witnessed by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year, is taking place without an audience this year due to complete closure.
Pearl mullet, the only fish species of Lake Van, migrates to fresh waters between April 15 and July 15, the breeding season. THE UNKNOWN JOURNEY OF PEARL MULLET BY SEDA ÖĞRETİR
During the migration, where insatiable views emerge, pearl mullets jump over the obstacles they encounter.
In the fish dam, where thousands of local and foreign people witness the difficult journey every year in the area where Deli Çay is located in Erciş district, one of the most calm periods is experiencing these days due to corona virus (Covid-19) restrictions.
Relevant institutions and security forces take precautions in settlements by the lake and in fresh water inlets in order to prevent the poaching of fish, which creates unique images with its struggle while overcoming obstacles.
Fish dam officer Necip Yiğit said that the migration of fish to fresh water to reproduce has intensified. Explaining that the fish migration takes place without spectators due to the “complete closure”, Yiğit said, “There are no people in our fish section, which hosts thousands of local and foreign tourists and nature lovers every year. If the restrictions are relaxed after the holiday, we hope that they will return to those enthusiastic days.”
Expressing that all preparations are finished so that visitors can watch the journey of the fish, they are excitedly waiting to return to the old days, Yiğit said, “This is a unique place in the world. It is a special area to be seen. Here we can observe the great struggle of the fish against the attacks of the seagulls as well as swimming upside down in the water.” used the expressions.