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Kurt Ove, 73, lands rare giant herring

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 11 May 2010, 11:37

Published: 11 May 2010 08:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 May 2010 11:37 GMT+02:00

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"Down by the water there was something large, floating. At first we thought that is was a large piece of plastic, but then we saw an eye. I went down to check and saw that it was a very strange looking fish," Eriksson said to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The unexpected find proved to be a very rare Giant Oarfish also known as the "King of Herrings" and reported to have inspired the myth of sea snakes.

The fish, which can grow up to around 12 metres long and weigh 272 kilogrammes, is typically found in the world's oceans, at depths of 300-600 metres.

The fish generally only comes to the surface when it is dead, as in the case of the 3.5 metre beast landed by Eriksson and his friends.

The fish is now being care for at The House of the Sea (Havets Hus) in nearby Lysekil while the authorities decide what to do with the exceptional find.

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"It is totally incredible. I still have trouble believing that it has happened, it is unbelievable," said Roger Hansson at Havets Hus to the newspaper.

The only other time a Giant Oarfish has been sighted in Swedish waters was off Koster in 1879 and the new find has raised the interest of the Natural History Museum in Stockholm who are considering whether to preserve the monster fish.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:43 May 11, 2010 by Streja
It's no sea house it's the house of the sea. Learn your articles. :)
12:47 May 11, 2010 by Twiceshy
I grew up summers on Syd-Koster. The waters their are almost dead now due to water pollution. I have been diving there for years and fishing and crabbing. 40 years ago there was so much life it was unreal. no, the bottom is mud and DEAD!

Soon the only fish you will see in sweden are the dead ones floating to the top!
15:13 May 11, 2010 by Greg in Canada
If its such a rare and almost extinct fish, I hope he had the common sense to release it back into the water.
15:16 May 11, 2010 by KingArthur
15:13 May 11, 2010 by Greg in Canada If its such a rare and almost extinct fish, I hope he had the common sense to release it back into the water.

Erm Greg ....

The fish generally only comes to the surface when it is dead, as in the case of the 3.5 metre beast landed by Eriksson and his friends.
15:29 May 11, 2010 by mukiwa
Is this a case where when the fish dies, it is sent to sleep with the humans??
17:13 May 11, 2010 by JosephStephen
Um, why if this is such a find- is there not a picture of the fish?!?
18:22 May 11, 2010 by mjennin2
I agree, where is the picture!?? Check it out this picture plus the TL news story: http://forums.narutofan.com/showthread.php?t=619241

I think it's funny that they are "caring for" a dead fish and trying to figure out what to do with it. Well, duh! You only have two options: preserve it and place it in a natural history museum, or make a lot of sushi for a big dinner party. :P

Lysekil haha..I believe my friends fondly refer to that place as LAZERKILL! ;)
19:49 May 11, 2010 by Roger O. Thornhill
This piece conspicuously lacks a picture.
00:21 May 12, 2010 by GLO
No PIC ???? Why cant they get it?????
01:22 May 12, 2010 by bbeynch
Why don't they pickle it, turn it into inlagd sill and serve it as an appetizer at the Royal wedding in June?
02:04 May 12, 2010 by Tall swede
It is a picture. Its the eye and gills of the fish on the picture. Its so huge that you cant fit it on a single photograph! ;)
03:08 May 12, 2010 by Da Goat
If the photo from the link in post #7 is the real deal it looks quite fresh to me and even appears to be thrashing somewhat (something is churning the water) maybe it does desperately want to sleep with the humans!

it does look fresh enough to be eaten!
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