Fisherman gets shock as he reels in 'dinosaur-like' fish with huge eyes

  
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Fisherman gets shock as he reels in 'dinosaur-like' fish with huge eyes

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Oscar Lundahl is believed to have nearly jumped out of his boat when he saw on the end of his line the strange-looking species with large, bulbous eyes. It turned out the creature was a ratfish, which lives in deep water and is distantly related to sharks.  It is harmless to humans and gets its name from its long, thin tail that some scientists in the past believed resembled a rat's.  The ratfish's large eyes help in the dark as they reflect light like those of cats.

The 19-year-old man was fishing for blue halibut when he caught the ratfish off the island of Andoya in northern Norway.  He had four hooks on his line with mackerel as bait and was fishing in water depths of 2,600ft (800m). The fishing guide said: "I felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was 800 metres deep. "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."

Unfortunately, the ratfish did not survive out of the water due to a sudden change in pressure.

Mr Lundahl said he took it home to eat. He added: "Despite its ugly appearance it was really tasty. It is a bit like cod but tastier

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Freefaller
1  seeder  Freefaller    one month ago

Ok I don't know much about fish, but I do know that is one butt ugly one.

 
 
 
squiggy
1.1  squiggy  replied to  Freefaller @1    one month ago

He went just for the halibut.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.1.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  squiggy @1.1    one month ago

he oughta quit that bad halibut, even if, just for, 

the halibut  

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.1.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  squiggy @1.1    one month ago

Lol the jokes just write themselves with this story

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Freefaller @1    one month ago

Eye can't see eating this, but i could see it eyeballing me while i thought about it.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @1    one month ago

I thought rock fish were ugly, but this thing tops that.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.3.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.3    one month ago

Let's just say neither of them are winning any beauty contests

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @1.3.1    one month ago

There is another fish also that would not win any beauty contests.....the blob fish.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.3.3  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.3.2    one month ago
.....the blob fish

That's the one with no face, right?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.3.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Freefaller @1.3.3    one month ago

No, it has a face that almost looks human.   If I knew how, I would paste a picture of it.

 
 
 
Freefaller
1.3.5  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.3.4    one month ago

No worries I know the one you're talking about now.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.3.6  sandy-2021492  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.3.4    one month ago

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dave-2693993
1.3.7  dave-2693993  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.3.6    one month ago

How do you make something like that crispy on the grill?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dave-2693993 @1.3.7    one month ago

Slice it into fillets and fry them.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
1.3.9  igknorantzrulz  replied to  dave-2693993 @1.3.7    one month ago

very very deep sea fry them

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.3.10  sandy-2021492  replied to  dave-2693993 @1.3.7    one month ago

No clue, and I intend to remain ignorant on this point, as I would have to be starving to death before I'd try to find out.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.3.11  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.3.6    one month ago

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Paula Bartholomew
1.3.12  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  dave-2693993 @1.3.7    one month ago

By all accounts they taste as bad as they look.  But at least one of them got a commercial (Geiko I think) as an emotional support animal on an airline.  That's not bad for something that ugly.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
1.3.13  dave-2693993  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.3.12    one month ago
By all accounts they taste as bad as they look.

I wouldn't be surprised.

 
 
 
TᵢG
2  TᵢG    one month ago

Nature is a mad scientist.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  TᵢG @2    one month ago

i believe Nature has every right to be Mad.

 
 
 
Freefaller
2.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  TᵢG @2    one month ago

That she is

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  TᵢG @2    one month ago

Can you imagine those eyes staring back at you as you eat it?

 
 
 
TᵢG
2.3.1  TᵢG  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.3    one month ago

They would never make to the serving plate if it were me.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  TᵢG @2.3.1    one month ago

I wouldn't have eaten it.  I would have donated it to the Oceans Of The Pacific in Long Beach so that others could see it as it was an unusual catch.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3  sandy-2021492    one month ago

Ew.

 
 
 
Freefaller
3.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3    one month ago

So I'm guessing you're not gonna be keeping your eye out for one at the local maket

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @3.1    one month ago

For food?  No.

For danger?  Maybe.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

Is it just me, or does that thing look a bit...sperm-ish?

 
 
 
Freefaller
4.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4    one month ago

Snicker, didn't want to mention it myself but yeah it kinda does

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @4    one month ago

Is it just me, or does that thing look a bit...sperm-ish?

it was caught by a Seamen...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  igknorantzrulz @4.2    one month ago

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pat wilson
5  pat wilson    one month ago

The fisherman cod not believe his eye !

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Now if that fish were served to you on a platter, could you cut into it with that huge eye staring at you?

By the way, nice to know there are some "catch and eat" people around when I'm shamed by so many "catch and release" people on NT.

Here in China it's a big deal to eat the eye of a fish before cutting into the rest of it.  Usually the honour to do so goes to a host or a special guest.  At one banquet I was invited to as the special guest I sat next to the host, and he presented the whole fish in front of me, and beckoned me to be the first to cut into it.  I removed the eye and put it on his plate, and everyone applauded because I was aware of the honour I was presenting to the host, when he had presented the honour of first cut to me.

 
 
 
Freefaller
6.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6    one month ago
Now if that fish were served to you on a platter, could you cut into it with that huge eye staring at you?

Cutting into it, no problem but I dislike fish so eating it would be a problem

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
6.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Freefaller @6.1    one month ago

When I and my family lived in the Philippines, I remember we went to a local restraint on our first night in country. Myself, my wife, and my daughter ordered fried rice and lumpia. My son ordered fried tilapia. While the rest of us dug in and began enjoying our meal, my 8 year old son just sat there staring at his plate. I asked him what was wrong? In a sad voice, he replied. "Dad, I just cannot eat something that is staring back at me!" Typical of Asian countries, they eat the head. Whit as much of a straight face as possible, I called the waitress over and asked them to remove the head. With a chuckle she said no problem. She then added, "Just got into the country didn't you?" We all got a good laugh, learned a lesson, and proceeded to enjoy our meal.

 
 
 
Freefaller
6.1.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @6.1.1    one month ago

Lol good story.  Did your son ever grow to like whole fish?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
6.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Freefaller @6.1.2    one month ago

Nope, never did...

 
 
 
Kathleen
7  Kathleen    one month ago

My daughter would like to draw that. She likes unusual things like that.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
8  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

256

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
8.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8    one month ago

they both came from a substance...

MaYonnaise 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
8.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8    one month ago

Loved Louis Gossett in that movie!

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
8.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @8.2    one month ago

Me too.  It was unfortunate that he sustained a back injury during the fight scene with Gere, which has plagued him ever since.

 
 
 
Split Personality
9  Split Personality    one month ago

The Blackdragon Fish

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(Image credit: Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria)

Another bottom-dwelling bioluminescent creature , the blackdragon fish has light-emitting organs arranged all along its belly to fool predators by changing its silhouette. The spooky fish also has bioluminescencant "flashlights" next to each eye that it can flash on while on the look-out for prey or to signal potential mates. As you can see in the above photo, the blackdragon fish is so toothy that even its tongue has razor-sharp teeth.

https://www.livescience.com/16231-creepy-deep-sea-creatures-gallery.html
 
 
 
Freefaller
9.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Split Personality @9    one month ago

That's are charming looking beastie as well

 
 
 
Kavika
10  Kavika     one month ago

Those are a couple of critters you don't want giving you the ''evil eye''.

Of course, there is the every dangerous ''bubble eye'' goldfish swimming in many aquariums;

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Freefaller
10.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Kavika @10    one month ago

Lol who would want that freaky thing in their aquarium

 
 
 
Kavika
10.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Freefaller @10.1    one month ago
Lol who would want that freaky thing in their aquarium

I had some in fresh water aquarium along with redcap oranda, black moors, shubumkin and pearl scale to name just a few..

 All are types of goldfish and quite interesting. 

Motto of the day, ''I see you''.

 
 
 
Freefaller
10.1.2  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Kavika @10.1.1    one month ago

You may not know but I gotta ask.  What possible evolutionary advantage could those cheeks serve (realizing it could simply be the result of human meddling)

 
 
 
Kavika
10.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Freefaller @10.1.2    one month ago

All goldfish have been bred over the centuries to have certain characteristics. The eyes sacs being one.

There are some that say it's because of a gas that they produce in their bodies and the large eye sacs are able to absorb it. I think that is an old wives tale. I'll go with breeding to obtain the eyes.   

BTW, all goldfish are decendents of the crucian carp. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
10.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @10    one month ago

It looks like it has implants with really bad nipple placement.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
11  dave-2693993    one month ago

The are very few things I won't grill up over a camp fire if cold, hungry and irritated.

But that is getting pretty dang close.

 
 
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