It takes a hearty angler to brave the cold and go ice fishing.
Sometimes, heading out to the frozen lake or river to go fishing just seems flat out crazy. Unless, of course, you’ve got a really good fishing shanty.
Some of the creatures that have been caught from under the ice might make an angler question ice fishing—and his or her sanity.
Here are seven of the strangest things caught on the ice.
1. Pike in Mid-Swallow
A Michigan angler caught this 34-inch pike with a 12-inch brown trout halfway down its throat.
When you ice fish, you want to catch fish, not salamanders.
Burbot live deep, so you don’t usually see one while ice fishing.
It’s a mystery how this bird ended up under the ice in Pennsylvania.
You don’t often see paddlefish where ice can form, but, here you go.
Okay, it’s not a great white, but it’s still a 500-pound Greenland shark caught in Quebec.
No, not really. It’s much stranger. Think humans diving under the ice to fish. Alcohol may have been involved.