Big deal caught in Swedish waters

A fisherman in western Sweden has caught the first deal fish seen in Swedish waters since 1969, just days after another deep sea fish made its first appearance in the country for more than a century.

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.

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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