Thursday, 14 May 2015

Giant conger eel caught by Plymouth fishermen

Six-metre-long fish, which was accidentally snared by trawler off British coast, fetches 70p per kilo at auction
A massive conger eel has been caught off the British coast. The fish was taller than a double-decker bus and weighed a whopping 59kg. Photograph: SWNS.com



Thursday 14 May 2015 18.37 BSTLast modified on Thursday 14 May 201518.52 BST

It looks like something from a deep sea horror film. But this conger eel was caught by accident six miles off the coast of Devon. Measuring six metres (20ft) and weighing an impressive 59kg (131lb), the fish was snared in the nets of a trawler.

Pete Bromley, manager of Plymouth Fisheries, said: “This conger eel is a very large fish, and an unusual catch for a trawler. Conger move to very deep water and die after spawning, so, like all large congers caught off the south-west approaches, this fish is likely to be an unspawned female.

“These large eels are generally found hiding in the many wrecks around the south-west, or on reefs and rocky ground, but they do venture out to open ground in search of food, usually during neap tides or slack water. Despite their size and power, they are not very strong swimmers.”

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