The Koi have Names!

Thanks to everybody who submitted entries! With only a little bit of pouting, the Koi Name Selection Committee, have selected the winners of our contest!

A Big Drum Roll and an Official Photo of the Koi, goes to:

Karen Rhea White of Fairhope for submitting Sunny and Rascal

Marilyn Way of Mobile for submitting Moonbeam, Tiger Boi and Lei Lei

And once again, many thanks to the Kahkola’s who arranged the generous donation and transportation of the Koi! For the full Interstate Story of how we got the Koi please see A Fish Tale…OOPS…Tale

Big Mama for Koi name post

Big Mama – our original koi

This is Big Mama! Our Original Lonely and Only Koi!
She seems very happy to have friends to share her Pond!

Sunny for koi name post


Meet SUNNY – short for Sunburst.

She is female and 3 years old. She has a lot of white on her side, and has an orange nose. She was born in Florida

Rascal for Koi Name post


Meet RASCAL – up to mischief from the beginning when she got caught up in the pond skimmer, almost on arrival. She is Sunny’s sister and 3 years old from Florida. She is mostly orange with black splotches, and has a black nose. We originally misidentified her as a male, so ‘Trouble’ is probably her middle name!

Moonbeam for koi name post


Meet MOONBEAM – so named because he glows like a moonbeam, with the orange dot on his tail looking like the blazing orange orb of the setting sun. He was a little bit shy when he first arrived, because he came from a different pond than the others, but he’s now enjoying the company!

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Tiger Boi

Meet TIGER BOI – his markings gave him the Tiger, and the Boi is a combination of Boy and Koi! He is a male and is 5 years old. He is the ‘flashiest’ fish in the pond. He has perfect markings and coloration, but has a dent in his gill which stops him from being a show fish.

Lei Lei for koi name post

Lei Lei

Meet LEI LEI She is a female and is 10 years old. She was born in Japan and then lived in Hawaii! A well-travelled fish! She is now the largest fish in the pond. She is orange and white.

Thunder for koi name post


THUNDER was named on the day he arrived! A little boy was visiting when the fish were being put in the pond. He crouched down to watch them all swimming. When his mom told him it was time to go, her said “That one is named Thunder and my name is Christopher” and left.

We would love to know how to find Christopher, so he can have an official photo of Thunder!

Thunder is male and about 9 years old. His pattern is (amazingly) not considered a color in the Koi World, but he glows almost irridescent! He was considered shy and stand-offish in the big pond where he lived, but seems to be very comfortable in his new home!