The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a collection of slightly used chicken bones, the remains of chicken leg quarters fed to Splash, the 121.5 pound world record blue catfish at the center
The Friends of TFFC need to raise $2 million to build a new education building at the center.
Being a firm believer in education and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s foremost spokesfish for catch and release, Splash wants to help.
So the giant fish has given her blessing (a flip of her tail, actually) to a plan to auction off some of the chicken bones she has deposited on the bottom of her 26,000-gallon aquarium.
Two chicken leg bones in an oak display case will be auctioned on eBay beginning December 4, just in time for Christmas. “This is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who really does have everything,” said TFFC director Allen Forshage.
Along with the bones, which have been oven-dried and tastefully spray-painted gold, the winning bidder will receive a certificate of authenticity, copies of TPWD press releases telling the Splash story, color photographs of the fish, and copies of magazines featuring stories about the fish.
Splash was caught January 16, 2004, by Cody Mullennix of Howe, Texas, while fishing on the Texas side of Lake Texoma, which lies between Texas and Oklahoma north of Dallas. Mullennix donated the fish to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, where she remains on display.