A monstrous prehistoric-looking wolffish has been caught off the Japanese coast.
Japanese fisherman Hirasaka Hiroshi tweeted a photo of himself with his catch saying it was a wolffish.
It certainly looks like some kind of mutant eel/alien thing, but it’s actually a wolffish.
The abomination from the deep has picked up plenty of attention on social media and sparked another round of speculation over the ongoing environmental effects of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster after the 2011 tsunami.
Wolffish normally grow up to one to 1.2 meters (3.6-3.94 feet) long and weigh up 15 kg (33 lbs), but this gargantuan specimen was about two meters (6.5 feet) long, according to the Sun. “This guy is super cool!”
Hiroshi flew twice to the island of Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, in three months before managing to land the giant fish, reported the Daily Mirror. Some speculated it was an alien beast from another planet or a previously unknown sea monster.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in 2011.
The earthquake – which claimed the lives of 18,500 people – caused what was the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. They very rarely emerge from the depths.
Courier Mail, Sep 16, 2015: Fukushima nuclear: Did disaster create monster wolffish caught in Japan – AN enormous wolffish has shocked the Japanese fisherman who reeled in the unwieldy beast off the island of Hokkaido…
Daily Star, Sep 16, 2015: Japanese fishermen were shocked after hauling in the colossal catch off the island of Hokkaido… The terrifying creature has been identified as one of the largest bering wolffish ever recorded… The giant fish may have been affected by radiation from a nuclear power station… Giant catfish were discovered near the site of a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Russia last year. This huge catch may prompt questions of the effect of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster…
India Times, Sep 17, 2015: Radiation Effects? Japanese Fisherman Catches A Wolffish So Massive, It Could Be Godzilla’s Cousin — The seas are full of surprises, small and big. But you’ve never seen seen anything like this. This gargantuan wolffish was caught by Japanese fisherman, Hirasaka Hiroshi off the coast of the island of Hokkaido… we wonder if its the radiation that caused the fish to grow this big.
Metro, Sep 17, 2015: Fisherman catches very weird alien-like massive fish; Some people think this mutant fish is a result of the Fukushima disaster… Some reports are saying it may have mutated as a result of the destruction of the Fukushima nuclear power plant…
The Australian, Sep 17, 2015: A ginormous wolffish has shocked the Japanese fisherman who reeled in the unwieldy beast off the island of Hokkaido… Wolffish typically only grow up to 112cm [3.7 ft] and weigh 15kg [33 lbs], according to the Daily Star, but the one pictured in the recent catch is thought to be over two metres [6.6 ft] long as the fisherman struggles to hold it up. The huge catch has prompted questions over the effects of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on marine life in the area.
Yahoo News, Sep 17, 2015: Is This Giant Mutant Wolffish A Result Of The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster? — A Japanese fisherman has reeled in a HUGE wolffish – and it has raised concerns about the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster… TWICE the usual size – and its gaping mouth is large enough to fit a small child inside… there are now concerns that the mutant wolffish is a result of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Telegraph, Sep 17, 2015: Massive fish reeled in off Japanese coast; Hirasaka Hiroshi catches huge wolffish while fishing at Hokkaido island — A monstrous prehistoric-looking wolffish has been caught off the Japanese coast… Normally the wolffish is about three feet long, but the monster caught by Mr Hirosihi was about six feet in length… No explanation has been given for the size of the fish which was caught around 400 miles away from Fukushima, the site of a nuclear accident in 2011.