SCP-187-KO, shortly after containment

Item #: SCP-187-KO

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: A pair of SCP-187-KO is contained in the aquatic animal research facility of Site-67. The male and female instances must be kept in separate tanks to prevent breeding. Bringing plastic objects within three (3) metres of the tanks is prohibited. Personnel with a Security Clearance of Level 1 is to feed the instances daily and clean the tanks using a non-plastic cleaning apparatus monthly.

Description: SCP-187-KO is a mutated Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua). Its appearance and behaviour are similar to that of a regular Atlantic Cod, but analysis revealed its genetic structure had been anomalously modified on multiple occasions. This altered genome is presumed to cause SCP-187-KO's anomaly, and further research is being conducted under Dr Napier's lead.

SCP-187-KO can consume and digest plastic. Consumption of plastic is fatal for non-anomalous species, but SCP-187-KO consumes plastic as if it was crustaceans or smaller fish and completely digests it by anomalous methods.

SCP-187-KO that consumed plastic exhibit other anomalous traits. During the digestion of plastic, the instance's growth becomes significantly faster.1 Like regular Atlantic Cod, SCP-187-KO can also lay up to 9 million eggs at a time. Therefore, it is thought that a containment breach may devastate the marine ecosystem in ██ days.2

Discovery: SCP-187-KO was found on March 3rd, 1992, after a phone call from Sutton, London, England, claiming that "there are fish everywhere in front of the house". Immediately after, Foundation agents dispatched to the United Kingdom Emergency Control Centre(ECC) mobilised MTF Pi-1 ("City Slickers") for containment and coverture operations. A cover-up story that the incident was a performance art done by local artist Joseph Welch was spread via the media. A-Class amnestics were administered to the initial caller and nearby residents.

Appendix: Objects retrieved during clean-up

  • Oceanic fish breeding equipment, including a broken fish tank, heavily damaged water filters and power heads.
  • Crumpled paper with various blueprints and crude drawings of fish. The paper was soaked and heavily damaged at the time of discovery, making it barely legible.
  • A copy of Animal Farm by George Orwell. The book was unusually pristine compared to its surroundings, but several pages3 were torn off.
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