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Big deal caught in Swedish waters

TT/The Local · 13 May 2010, 18:35

Published: 13 May 2010 13:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 May 2010 18:35 GMT+02:00

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The 2.30 metre long deal fish was caught off the coast of Bohuslän in western Sweden in a trawler skippered by a local fisherman.

“The flat body has a silver sheen and a powerful red dorsal fin along the entire length of the fish, as well as a fan-like tail fin that is just as red and peculiar,” Martin Larsvik at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences told local newspaper Bohusläningen.

“Like many deep sea fish, it has large eyes. It swims with wriggling movements at depths of 200 to 900 metres,” Larsvik added.

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The catch was the second of its kind in just a few days. The Local reported on Tuesday of the belated reappearance of a deep sea creature closely related to the deal fish. Kurt Ove Eriksson, a 73-year-old fisherman living in Bohuslän, found a 3.50 metre giant oarfish near his hut by the harbor. The fish was last seen in Swedish waters 131 years ago.

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Your comments about this article

15:22 May 13, 2010 by zircon
Maybe it was a giant bet(t)a splendis.
16:08 May 13, 2010 by sissygirl
I wish there were a picture.
16:29 May 13, 2010 by christo
enjoy ure meals. u can go 3 months without buying sause.
19:40 May 13, 2010 by Zhorka
Monster's picture:

23:07 May 13, 2010 by rene999
we shouldn't kill animal.

especially free animals in the wild.

aren't we urbane?
12:55 May 14, 2010 by eZee.se
If it was so rare... i think they should have released it back into the water...
14:24 May 14, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Its a shame it was caught, but finally the Baltic is becoming habitable enough for species to return and repopulate.
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