How The Animals Of Chernobyl Are Surviving And Thriving After The Disaster

You’ve watched the HBO series and all the surrounding YouTube docu-series about what went down at reactor 4 in 1986. You know all about the various conspiracies about government involvement and mismanagement. You know Jessie Buckley did a great job as Lyudmila Ignatenko.

But what you might not know is what Chernobyl looks like 30 years after the disaster. What remains long after humans evacuated the exclusion zone are the plants and animals who didn’t get the notice. Here’s what some of these creatures look like now and how the disaster has affected them.

Giant Catfish Hang Out In Cooling Pond – But They’re Not Mutants

giant catfish dude holding massive catfish
Photo Credit: Sportex Italia / Facebook
Photo Credit: Sportex Italia / Facebook

After videos surfaced of these massive fish began circulating, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, one of the lead biologists investing Chernobyl’s natural populations, was quick to debunk reports that these were irradiated mutants.

He states that normally mutations don’t lead to ‘large size’ catfish. He says that usually, mutations cause fish to “grow less, be less capable of catching food, and tend to not live as long.” So, despite its highly irradiated environment, the size of this monster is perfectly normal.