A Norwegian fisherman recently lured a catch fit for a horror movie.
Oscar Lundahl works as a guide with a sports fishing tour company. He recently went out to fish for blue halibut off the coast of the island of Andoya in Norway. While on the hunt for the rare species, he caught something that nearly caused him to jump out of the boat.
"We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles offshore,” he told The Sun. “I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was over 2,600 feet deep."
What he reeled in was a catch that is sure to inspire bad dreams: a fish with gigantic eyes, a slimy mouth and a snake-like tail. To some, it resembles a prehistoric creature.
The frightening specimen is called a ratfish, a relative of the shark, which dates back 300 million years. Its Latin name, Chimaeras Monstrosa Linnaeus, stems from the mythical Greek creature that had a head of a lion and a tail of a dragon. It feeds on crustaceans like crabs and is considered non-threatening to humans – despite its ability to induce nightmares.
Since the fish was already dead when it was caught, Lundahl took it home and fried it up. Surprisingly, the creepy catch didn’t taste as bad as it looks.
"Despite its ugly appearance, it was really tasty,” Lundalh told the paper. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”
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Spent Friday on coxes for cod and the fishing was very good. Besides getting our limit of cod we also had jumbo sea bass and some of the biggest bergals I’ve ever seen. We even had some nice whiting also. Most of the cod we very nice size with a few over 20LBs. Caught them on both bait and jigs.
A brief fishing story @ the Fish Tails Canyon.
It was 4am when my clients arrived at the dock. My boat was ready,: the fishing gear in place, safety equipment on, weather reviewed again, sea temp charts, course plotted., boat iced up. I was up all night.
When we left the inlet under cover of the new moon, It would be about a 2 hour run to the fishing grounds; traveling from darkness through to the grey light, when the stars go down and the early sun decides to reveal her face, from east to west, across the wind swept waves in front of my bow. And when the dark submits to this new day, and the vastness of mother ocean spreads her morning wings, stretches… yawning slightly, she welcomes us back again. How fortunate we are, to ride along her waves.
I am humbled. And in good company with clients I call friends. This was to be a good day of fishing in the Northeast Atlantic Canyons On the Edge.