Japanese Fisherman Reels In Monster Wolffish


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Photo Credit: Hiroshi Hirasaka via Twitter

Japanese fisherman Hiroshi Hirasaka has an unusual hobby. He likes to catch and eat exotic and bizarre-looking creatures.The avid hunter has even outlined his conquests in a book called "Exotic Fish Species: I Caught, Judged and Tried Eating." Hence, you can only imagine his delight when he reeled in yet another scary looking specimen off the coast of Japan's Hokkaido Island, on August 30th.

Though the alien-looking fish whose massive mouth covers almost half its body appears to be something out of a science-fiction movie, it is just a specimen of the wolffish that dwell on the floors of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The only difference? Hirasaka's 2-meter long catch is almost twice the size of typical members of the deep sea dwellers that measure about 1.2 meters in length.

The fish's unusually large size has led some to speculate that it may be a mutant caused by the meltdown of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant in 2011. Triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, it was one of the world's biggest nuclear disasters that spewed massive amounts of radiation into the ocean. Since then, fish in the area have been found to have as much as 2,500 times the legal, safe radiation limit.

Photo Credit: Hiroshi Hirasaka via Twitter

However, Timothy Mousseau one of the world's leading researchers on the effects of radiation on wildlife strongly disagrees. He says it is "extremely unlikely" that the fish's size has any connection with the ocean contamination around Japan. According to the expert, the effects of mutation usually reduces growth rates and makes things smaller. In marine animals that is detrimental because it decreases their capability to catch food, which in turn lowers their lifespan.

The expert does, however, admit that a few that mutations could result in the extra-large size. The only way to tell for sure whether this latest headline-making wolffish is just a freak of nature or a mutant is if additional extra-large specimens are found.

As for what Hirasaka thinks about the controversy his giant catch has created? He doesn't care. He is just thrilled at the opportunity to be able to add "this cool guy" to the long list of exotic creatures he has caught and tasted.

Resources: dailystar.co,uk, dailymail.co.uk,Ibtimes.co.uk

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  • phsycowolf
    phsycowolfTuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    I feel bad for the wolffish, I don't like that guy for killing it. he should have brought it to scientists so they can study it more
    • emmaline
      emmalineTuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:09 am
      Wow that was lit. Cool
      • wither
        witherFriday, December 6, 2019 at 10:56 pm
        Bigger than me.
        • tztwiggs2sTuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:49 am
          really good i am a catcher to i catch sharks,swordfish,and all other types of fish.
          • kylie20423
            kylie20423Monday, September 30, 2019 at 9:21 am
            • william12060922
              william12060922Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:36 pm
              it's cool and i'm japanese
              • Science kidWednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:32 am
                Wow that’s big!
                • Cool dudeFriday, September 13, 2019 at 8:56 am
                  It was for years ago but it so cool!
                  • Liz coo catSunday, September 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm
                    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa that is creepy
                    • thorWednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:33 am
                      i love a good story