Tuesday, 15 July 2014

'Giant mutant catfish' near Chernobyl

9 July 2014, 12:42

A Russian fishing blog has sent anglers scrambling to catch giant mutant catfish said to be growing near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The blog even included a picture of one catfish which locals are calling Borka, and which they claim is over two metres long.

Access is limited to the area because of the risk of radiation poisoning and all fishing for food purposes in local waters has stopped.

But now there is renewed interest from sporting fishermen keen to land the catch of their life after it was alleged in blog that giant fish were being caught in the Pripyat River.

The river is polluted with radionuclides, but anglers say there are giant fish to be had in parts of the river near but outside the exclusion zone.

Local fisherman Kondrat Yudin, 38, said: "I suppose radiation could play a role but I reckon radiation is more likely to give them extra eyeballs and two heads rather than simply making them enormous in size.

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