A man fishing in Norway pulled a fish out of the water that looks like something from another planet.
Oscar Lundahl, a fishing guide for Nordic Sea Angling, was fishing for blue halibut off Norway’s coast when he hooked something he’d never seen before.
Lundahl explained what happened to The Sun:
“We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about 5 miles offshore. I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was over 2,600 feet deep.”
On two of those hooks were the blue halibut he was fishing for. But on a third hook was this monster.
One of Lundahl’s colleagues knew what this alien-looking fish is. It’s called a ratfish and is a distant relative of sharks. They’re believed to be about 300 million years old and only reside in very deep, dark water, which is why its eyes are so big.
The ratfish died while being reeled in due to the change in pressure. Lundahl didn’t want to be wasteful, so he took the fish home and cooked it. “It was really tasty,” he said. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”