When it comes to ocean creatures, you can’t tell for sure what you’ll fish out. One time you hook a blue marlin, another time, it’s a giant squid straight from the abyss. For millennia, the fishermen have been telling stories about giant carps that can swallow boats, enormous whales that could cause a tsunami, and 50-foot blood-thirsty sharks. The creatures from folklore and myths are usually extremely exaggerated, but nowadays, when anyone can just snap a picture of their catch, it becomes obvious that some of those legendary sea-dwellers could actually be real.
Here are the largest creatures ever caught by fishermen.
1. A whale shark (16-feet-long and weighed more than two tons)
A fisherman transported a dead whale shark to market after it was inadvertently caught in his net, in China’s Fujian province. According to local media, the fish was more than 16-feet-long and weighed more than two tons. The fishermen reportedly wanted to sell the huge catch for anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500. Unfortunately for them, it is illegal to catch and sell the endangered species.
2. Biggest catfish (weighed 293kg and 3 meters long)
As one of the largest fish in the world, the giant catfish in the Mekong River can grow up to 3 meters long. The largest Mekong catfish ever caught in Thailand in 2005 with a weight of up to 293kg, is considered the largest freshwater fish in the world ever caught.
3. A giant stingray ( nearly 4m long and weighs about 300kg)
A Cambodian fisherman named Moul Thun, 42, caught a giant stingray on the evening of June 13 near a remote island in the Mekong River in the Stung Treng region. The fish is nearly 4m long and weighs about 300kg. They often bury themselves in the sandy or muddy bottoms of rivers. Cambodian and American researchers then arrived to mount a tracking device and release the stingray back into its habitat.
4. The biggest paddle fish (25 foot long monster weighing more than 600 pounds)
This ribbon-like fish is called a paddlefish, and as you can see, it’s insanely long! The largest specimen on record was caught by fishermen in 1885 off Pemaquid Point in Maine. It was a 25 foot long monster weighing more than 600 pounds.
5. The Largest White Shark (17-foot-long and 3,500 pounds)
The largest white shark ever caught was a 17-foot-long Nova Scotian beauty named “The Queen of the Ocean.” It required a special mechanism to be lifted out of the sea, as it weighed a whopping 3,500 pounds!
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