You never quite know what is going to happen when you’re out fishing. For one fisherman in Newfoundland, a day fishing turned out to be a viral social media opportunity. After all, he pulled the strangest fish he had ever seen out of the sea.
When Gary Goodyear was fishing on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Labrador for turbot, he found something unusual in his net. He described it as being somewhat like a platypus.
“We’re hauling away, and by and by, I see this coming around the roller. I said, ‘Good God! What in the heck was that?’” Goodyear told CBC.
The fishermen had no idea what they were looking at. The creature was about a meter long, with fins that look like wings and it had a long nose that was almost like rubber, according to Goodyear.
Nobody on the boat knew what the fish was, so Goodyear took pictures and posted it on Facebook. He was surprised to learn that it was something called a long-nosed chimaera. This deepwater species is made almost completely from cartilage and it has a venomous spine.
“We didn’t know it had a spine with venom in it,” said Goodyear according to CBC. “It was just another fish to us … and we were handling that with bare hands!”
The chimaera lives anywhere from 200 to 1000 m in the depths of the ocean. Goodyear had his net down around 800 m, and when he pulled it out, the fish was in it. Of course, it was dead because of the change in water pressure.
Goodyear talks about finding the fish in the following video:
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