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Feed giant catfishin Chernobyl, Ukraine

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Chernobyl cooling pond is the habitat of one's of the most giant catfishes. Do not miss the opportunity to feed these creatures!
How to feed giant catfish in Chernobyl
The cooling pond used to stabilize the temperature of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactors and now it is home of giant catfishes. Travelers from all over the world vizit Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to see the infamous station, and at the same time feed the creatures with fresh bread.

Feeding bread to massive catfishes in the Chernobyl cooling pond near Pripyat
Photo: Feeding bread to massive catfishes in the Chernobyl cooling pond near Pripyat, © Jonathan Wolfson

It may seem that the fish in the cooling pond are mutants, but it is not. For obvious reasons, catfishes are not caught in the exclusion zone, which is why they grow here to colossal proportions.

Catfish in the cooling pond of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station
Photo: Catfish in the cooling pond of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, © Mr. Ed

How to do?

1. You can take bread either in advance, or buy it in Chernobyl grocery store, or you can find a canteen 19 and buy some bread there.
2. Come to Chernobyl NPP - here, on the brige over the waters of the cooling pond you will be able to feed the river monsters.
3. Be carefull! Sometimes catfish can attack pigeons also flocking to feast the treat.

Giant catfish is up to 3 metres longPhoto: Giant catfish is up to 3 metres long, © Jennifer Boyer

Where to do?

#4Cooling Pond Channel in ChernobylCooling Pond Channel

An artificial reservoir built to cool the reactors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is the habitat of the giant catfish.

Location: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

When to do?

From November to March, catfishes spend the winter at the bottom of the pond, so you can see and feed them only from April to October.

Tips and hints

Catfishes are accustomed to dining in the afternoon - time that they are fed by station employees. Therefore, during lunch time you can see a large accumulation of catfishes under the bridge.

Tours & excursions 5

#1One-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

1 day. 10 mind-blowing locations. 100 abandoned buildings. 1000 photos. Book to get mind-blowing emotions!

UAH 1053+/person
#4Two-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievTwo-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

You will visit the ghost city and feel the whole horror of the tragedy at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

UAH 2222+/person
#5Cruise on the ship to Chernobyl and PripyatCruise on the ship to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Get a sea of thrills from a boat trip to the lost world of a dead city.

UAH 335000/tour
#2One-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

One day in the Exclusion Zone and you will learn everything about this desolate tragical place.

UAH 1794+/person
#3Urgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievUrgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

The most horrifying post apocalyptic picture of Chernobyl and Pripyat in one day

UAH 3999+/person

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