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Man catches 200-year-old fish off the coast of Alaska

Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 16:56

Zee Media Bureau

Sitka: A recreational fisherman from Seattle caught a fish that is believed to be more than 200 years old.

The 41 inch long fish was caught from a depth of 900 feet underwater, near Sitka, Alaska. It weighed 39.08 pounds and experts believed that the orange coloured fish, a type of rockfish called Shortraker, could be around 200 years old.

The Shortraker rockfish is among some of the world’s oldest living fishes, with an average lifespan of 120 years. It is usually found at a depth ranging between about 990 ft. to 1,650 ft., along the coasts of Alaska, eastern Russia and northern California. It doesn’t survive when it’s brought to the surface from these depths as the gas in the bladder expands, thereby causing it to burst.

Samples of the fish have been sent to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for determining its actual age.

First Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 16:55
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