Two goldfish have become the smallest and hardiest survivors of the devastating February earthquake in Christchurch that killed 181 people.

The fish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, spent four and a half months - 134 days - trapped in their tank in the city's off-limits downtown without anyone to feed them or even any electricity to power their tank filter before they were discovered this month and rescued.

Luckily for the fish, they lived in a large 26-gallon tank and may have gleaned some nutrition from eating algae growing on the tank's rocks and walls.

"It's certainly an incredible story. I wouldn't have guessed that fish could survive on their own for four months," said Paul Clarkson, curator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. "Goldfish are very hardy critters." He said naturally growing bacteria may have helped keep the water clean enough to sustain life.
“这真的是一个难以置信的故事,我完全没有猜到这两条金鱼竟然靠着自己存活了四个月。”加利福尼亚蒙特利尔海湾水族馆馆长Paul Clarkson说道,“金鱼是很坚强的小生物。”他说,也许是水池里自然生长的细菌帮助保持池水清洁维持了金鱼的生命。

Then there's the delicate question of their missing companions. There were six goldfish in the tank when the earthquake struck. By the time the survivors were found, no trace remained of three of the fish. A fourth was found floating in the tank. Goldfish are, after all, omnivores.

The fish had been on display in the reception area of Quantum Chartered Accountants in Christchurch's High Street. Company director Vicky Thornley said she was about to step into the elevator when the quake hit and she grabbed onto the wooden tank surround, both to steady herself and stop the tank from falling.
这两条金鱼本来在基督城商业街Quantum特许会计所接待处展出。该公司主管Vicky Thornley说地震袭来时她正准备踏入电梯,于是她一把抓住水池的木质外围,既让她自己保持了平衡,也阻止了水箱倾覆。

"I was clinging on for dear life," she said. Some of the water slopped over her.

She and her three co-workers made it out of the building as masonry and bricks crashed through a skylight.

It wasn't until July 6 that authorities finally allowed her back into the office, escorting her for an hour to collect belongings.

Ms Thornley said she didn't want to look in the direction of the tank because she was sure the fish would be long dead. But then an earthquake-recovery worker shouted to her: "Hey, there are fish here, and they're alive!"

"I was astounded," she said.

The fish looked dull in colour but otherwise appeared fine. She scooped them out and took them home in a bucket. They are now being looked after by her son.