A vigilant London citizen, aghast by the site of a lifeless body on the banks of the Thames, called police straight away.

But it wasn’t an unearthed mafia hit or even the floating body of a swimmer who thought they’d take some laps in the Thames after a few too many pints.

It was just a really, really big catfish.

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Grim discovery: the dead catfish 

Image via Chiswick RLNI on Facebook 

Not unlike last year’s Essex Lion hubbub, the catfish has caused a brief but silly stir. Catfish aren’t native to the Thames, but they are known to be one of the largest species of freshwater fish in the world.

The catfish’s family said they won’t be accepting donations but want to thank the community for its support. 

Image via Chiswick RLNI on Facebook