GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 13 (UPI) — A 7 1/2-foot deal fish, the first confirmed in Swedish waters in 41 years, was pulled in by a fisherman aboard a trawler this week, a marine expert says.
The Local reported Thursday the rare big fish was caught off Bohuslan on Sweden’s western coast.
Martin Larsvik at the Sven Loven Center for Marine Sciences described the species to the local newspaper Bohuslaningen as having a flat body with a silver sheen, a powerful red dorsal fin along its entire length and a fan-like tail fin that is also red and “peculiar.”
“Like many deep sea fish, it has large eyes,” he said. “It swims with wriggling movements at depths of 200 to 900 meters (220-985 yards).”
It was the second unusual fish found in the same Swedish waters this week. The Local said Kurt Ove Eriksson came across a dead 11 1/2-foot giant oarfish near shore. The fish, a herring species related to the deal fish, was last seen in Swedish waters 131 years ago.
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