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Monument to Mosquito Fish Appears in Sochi
1.07.2010 00:00
Monument to Mosquito Fish Appears in Sochi

The city of Sochi has acquired a monument to fish Gambusia, aka mosquito fish, which relieved the Black Sea Coast of the malarial mosquito in the early 20th century.
      The monument made of bronze, was initiated by Anatoly Medvedev, a dweller of Adler. The bronze fish that cost local entrepreneurs 240 thousand roubles has been set up in the central park of Sochi.
      In the beginning of the last century the town of Sochi was a boggy area, where clouds of malarial mosquitoes teemed. Gambusia was purposefully brought here to struggle against dangerous insects. The small fish actively ate up mosquito larvae, thereby rescuing inhabitants of Sochi from the dangerous illness. As a result, since the mid 1950s not a single dweller of Sochi has suffered malaria. For its help in struggle against malaria, monuments to the small fish Gambusia have been fixed on Corsica and in Israel as well.


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