From the “Ewwwwwwwwwww” files, we bring you news of a 200 year old fish that has been caught in Alaska. This very ugly, record-breaking fish now belongs to angler Henry Liebman who plans to mount the monstrous thing on his wall, perhaps to keep all his friends and loved ones away from his home. The fish weighs a whopping 40 pounds and is orange with bulging eyes. It also appears to be covered in some king of white goo here and there.
The catch marks the end of the previous record, once held by a fish that was just 175 years old (or what the current fish would probably call a youngster.) As can be expected, the news has ignited a firestorm of controversy on social media (because really, what story doesn’t?)
Some commenters are furious that Liebman caught the fish and say Liebman “doesn’t deserve to live,” while others point out that it is a rockfish, and that kind of fish dies upon surfacing.
“Good God. People saying this man doesn’t deserve to live need to chill out. Rockfish die upon surfacing because their air bladders crush their internal organs. It’s not really his fault that he hooked the 200 year old. If he’d have released it, he’d have been throwing a dead fish into the sea,” said one person.
“It’s not fair to call the gentleman an idiot. A rockfish that comes up from those depths cannot go back down. The fish for all practical purposes is dead when it reaches the surface. If he were to throw it back it would just languish on the surface to be picked apart by gulls etc. He had no idea he would catch such a fish so since it would not have lived anyway, he might as well keep it as the trophy it is. This I know after fishing the waters near and around Sitka, Alaska for the past twenty-seven years,” said another defender of Liebman.
Still others point out that since fish cannot talk, Liebman would have had no way of knowing the fish was so elderly. In response to the comment “This is sick and sad. This creature could have lived another 100 for all we know. Not impressed with this human what.so.ever,” another commenter eager to defend the angler’s skill said “Your a idiot. the fish didnt talk to him and say hey buddy im 200 years old, can ya let me go? so how was he suppose to know? (sic)”
Liebman didn’t know what an important find he had on his hands when he first caught it. “I knew it was abnormally big (but I) didn’t know it was a record until on the way back we looked in the Alaska guide book that was on the boat,” he said.
USA Today reports that it is easy to put things in perspective when the following things are considered while thinking about the year the fish hatched:
James Madison was president of the United States (which consisted of 18 total states)
Antarctica had not yet been discovered (1820)
The fish was already 48 years old when the Civil War began (1861)
The fish was 66 years old when the lightbulb was invented (1879)
We wish Liebman the best of luck with his 200 year old very ugly fish.
By: Rebecca Savastio
Source: Sitka Sentinel
Source: USA Today