UK Anglers Catch 434-Pound, 150-Year-Old Fishthe daily dish
A fish merchant in Hull, England, reeled in an unusually large halibut - one that weighs an impressive 434 pounds, according to the Hull Daily Mail. But what's even more interesting is the fish's age. Due to its size, the fishermen estimate the halibut to be around 150 years old.
"We estimate the fish is more than 150 years old," said Dean Roberts, co-owner of Norstar, the business whose fishermen landed the halibut. "It's about a kilo for every year of growth and it weighs 169 kg without its head. It's always exciting to get a fish that big."
Halibut is in high demand in U.K. restaurants, which means it fetches high prices. "A lot of big restaurants in London sell it," Roberts said. He expects to sell the tremendous fish for close to $2,400.
Despite the halibut's impressive size, its size is not a personal record-breaker for Roberts. "I've seen bigger ones in the past," he said. "But this one has got to be about 150 years old. It's got away with not being caught for a very long time."
That's not to say Roberts doesn't still get excited by a big catch. He does. And he also appreciates that the attention helps remind people of the connection between the food they eat and its source. "When the average members of the public get fish in a restaurant, they don't see where it's come from," Roberts said.
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