This is clearly a once-in-a-lifetime capture.
When a fisherman in Norway hauled in a strange, alien-looking creature from the ocean, he was taken aback. The weird beast had enormous bulbous eyes that gave it the appearance of something genuinely alien.
According to The Sun, Oscar Lundahl almost “jumped out of his fishing boat” as he dragged the bizarre creature into his boat. The fish’s huge eyes and tiny body were seen in photos.
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Oscar Lundahl claims that despite its ugly appearance, the fish was actually quite tasty. (Oscar Lundahl)
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Lundahl, a fishing guide for Nordic Sea Angling, was reportedly fishing for blue halibut off the coast of the island of Andoya in Norway when he made the catch. He was fishing in 2,600 feet below the surface at the time.
He told The Sun, “We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about 5 miles offshore. 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.”
Oscar Lundahl claims that his colleague identified the creature as a ratfish, a relative to the shark that is rarely caught. (Oscar Lundahl)
The strange-looking fish wasn’t his only catch of the day. He said, “There were two halibut on two of the hooks and I was really happy about that and then I saw there was something else. It was pretty amazing. I have never seen anything like it before. It just looked weird, a bit dinosaur-like. I didn’t know what it was but my colleague did.”
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The fish was reported to be a ratfish, a relative of the shark that reportedly dates back 300 million years, per The Sun. They live in deep water and apparently very rarely caught.
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Lundahl claims that due to the extreme change in pressure, the ratfish didn’t survive the experience. Not wanting to waste it, Lundahl claimed that he took the fish home and fried it up. Despite its ugly appearance, “it was really tasty,” he told The Sun. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”