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Pictures of Giant Filipino Fish Are Not Fake [PICS]

All photos via Rappler

This massive Filipino fish is real, despite what all the Internet rumors might say.  

A picture of a giant fish from the Philippines recently made the social media rounds, and many people are calling it fake. However, upon a little closer investigation, this huge Filipino fish is real. It is actually a giant grouper, or lapu-lapu.

This giant grouper measures over seven feet long and 388 pounds. It is also considered the largest reef-dwelling fish in the world. Fishermen found it near the Municipality of Libertad, in the Province of Antique, and you can see why it caused such a stir.

After spotting the fish, a local fisherman and seven other men carried the grouper back to town where it was filleted.

One of the village elders said this fish is the largest ever seen in their town. Even though this one was sold to a local businessman, giant grouper are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

“The grouper found in our town indicates that bigger fish can still thrive well in our municipal waters,” said Mayor Norberto P. Raymundo, Jr. of Libertad. “However, we are closely monitoring all fishing activities in order to strictly enforce necessary laws.”

All photos via Rappler

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Pictures of Giant Filipino Fish Are Not Fake [PICS]