Who knows what this sea monster is without looking it up?
An incredible fish has been caught off the island of Hokkaido, in the Pacific ocean near eastern Russia off the coast of Japan.
Many locals were calling it a sea monster, but this fish is actually somewhat common. Known as a wolffish, this specimen is one of the largest of its kind ever caught.
Wolffish typically only grow up to 40" and weigh around 40 pounds, at a maximum. This fish, caught by Hiroshi Hirasaka, measures close to six feet.
In another aspect of this story that brings a tragic light as to why this fish has grown almost twice as large as normal, points to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster after the Tsunami in 2011. This fish was caught fairly close to where radiation could have leaked into the ocean.
Hopefully this sea monster is just a genetic freak and not a nuclear mutant. If it is the latter, more mutant fish should be popping up just like this soon.
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