UK Anglers Catch 434-Pound, 150-Year-Old Fish

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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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neiinstall

Recently I saw a large sea turtle in the Gulf of Mexico while kayaking .we were a couple of miles offshore.
Don't know it's age but it was huge , his/her head was the size of a basket ball ,the body was huge. . What a great site he saw us and cruised deep underwater never saw him after that.
Sea turtles are cool everyone please conserve our wild creatures.

September 12 2013 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Good thing he killed it or else it would still be alive. Fishermen have no souls.

September 12 2013 at 1:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Clyde Eldridge Jr

Its a shame that something that was alive when Lincoln was President and Victoria was Queen of England gets caught, killed and eaten. That fisherman should be ashamed of himself.

September 12 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
treesmeow

that should have been a send back great catch, but for the age sorry thats a send back

if the fisherman did not know the age until he got home well, a mistake then

September 11 2013 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
masteromodels

There are a hell of a lot more fish in the sea. He is not doing it to feed the community he is doing it for the money. I bet if the people who were going to eat it found out it's age they would be outraged.

September 11 2013 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

OK folks, halibut get twice that big, don't know about age. Not real news.

September 11 2013 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peggy Hiles

Very sad! That fish is not going to taste good, so why would you even bother to kill it unless it was just for sport! SHAME ON YOU MR FISHERMAN!!

September 11 2013 at 10:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
southwindphil

Good god in heaven! 150 years old and he KILLED IT??? Hope his testosterone surge didn't cause a stroke!!!

September 11 2013 at 9:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
radicalrebelron

This poor fish made it this long and a fisherman caught it for 2400$ he should be ashamed of himself for not letting it go. And this comes from a man who enjoy's seafood!

September 11 2013 at 9:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
flip33732

I'm in favor of the guy making money,but deep down inside it seems a shame to kill a creature that has survived for 150 years ( without any big government aid I might add ). Being a Florida resident I always feel the same when everybody gets excited over a "kill" of a 13ft or larger alligator. Just my .02

September 11 2013 at 9:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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