Mexico's famous water monster is facing instinction.
According to biologist Armando Tovar Garza of the National Autonomous University, the water monster "axolotl" is in serious risk of disappearing from its natural habitat. The statement is based on a research made last year in the muddy waters of Xochimilco.
The Xochimilco canals were known to be the natural habit of the walking fish. "Four months of sampling - zero axolotls," Garza said.
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Apparently the rapid expansion of urbanization affected the breeding pattern of the water monster. In 1998, the Mexican Academy of Sciences recorded a whopping 6,000 axolotls per square meter. That number dropped to 1,000 in 2003 and went to a dangerously low 100 in 2008.
Thankfully, Garza said that there is still hope of finding a few. As the cold season lingers, axolotls are expected to breed more often, increasing chances of seeing one. The researchers will be conducting a three-month search in February.
"Almost all the canals have to be repeated, because now we are in the cold season, with lower temperatures, and that is when we ought to have more success with the axolotls, because it is when they breed," Garza added.
Axolotls grow up to a foot long and they use their legs to traverse the muddy waters of the Xoxhimilco.