Don’t worry about the koi fish on campus this winter–they’re just chilling

Tucked into the heart of Northeastern’s Boston campus is a tiny oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. A koi pond, located between the Curry Student Center and Robinson Hall, sparkles in the sun and gurgles as a small waterfall splashes into it. Vibrant, nearly fluorescent koi flash just under the surface.

But what happens to these fish—a dozen or so live in the pond—during the winter?

“They chill out,” says William Detrich, professor of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern. He means it literally.

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