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Fisherman Hauls in a Rare Wolf Eel

Here's what happens when you catch a wolf eel and try to hang on for the picture.

The wolf eel is not your average catch when out for a day of fishing. In fact, it's really not a true eel, but rather a fish. This is partly due to the fact they have a pectoral fin behind their head, essentially making them a long, skinny fish.

So, what happens when an angler catches one of these rare creatures? Well, you take some pictures, that's what. But don't expect this "fish" to take kindly sit still for the photo-op.

All we'll say is that it was a good thing, as this wolf eel isn't too happy about being pulled from the water. Enter an enterprising fisherman named Tanner to try and make it all work with a fish that's as greasy as a stick of butter.

Good luck with that, Tanner.

According to the Seattle Aquarium, adult wolf eels prefer smaller, enclosed spaces. In fact, they often compete with octopuses for living space, inhabiting caves and crevices within rocky reefs and creating dens.

Additionally, wolf eels mate for life. The average adult female will lay as many as 10,000 eggs that will mature in about 15 weeks, and the pair then guards them with their lives.

Knowing what voracious eaters Wolf eels are, it comes as no surprise that they prey on things like crabs, sea urchins, snails, abalone, mussels, clams and various fish. Even though they are an uncommon catch, it still happens from time to time.

Just know that if you land one, you will have your hands full like Tanner here!

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