In recent days, not just one but two giant oarfish have been spotted in Southern California. These "sea serpents" can reach 50 feet in length, but they're rarely spotted because they're usually at great depth (3000 feet or so).
A world record stingray - weighing a massive 771 pounds and measuring 7' in diameter with a 10' tail - was recently spotted in Thailand posing with freshwater biologist boffin Ian Welch and his pals (link, link, link).
This site is torn. Fish are food. At the same time, fish are sea kittens. So, please don't tell PETA that I'm linking to the following video of a 345 pound world-record marlin being taken (that's a euphemism) off the coast of New Zealand a couple years ago. The mur... I mean, the spear fisherman was Dave Mullins, and he was "towed around the Pacific Ocean" for two and a half hours before what's shown on the video occurred.
A new seafood "chef" has been located: a female bottlenose dolphin off the Australian coast meticulously followed a procedure to remove the bones and ink from cuttlefish (link). Scientists speculate that this "recipe" might be passed down through generations. I speculate that one day the dolphins will rise up out of the seas and challenge our hegemony.
There are a lot of ice fishing videos available online, for everything from walleye to muskie to pike and beyond. However, once per decade, a video comes along that blows them all away and earns the coveted Fishosaur "Two Fins Up, Way Up" award.
And, "Pike 13.4 kgs( 29 lbs 9 oz)" is that video.
The "barreleye" fish (Macropinna microstoma) is one of the stranger creatures you're going to see this week. The two spots above its mouth are not eyes but are the equivalent of nostrils. Its eyes are the large green objects inside its translucent head. The video was actually shot in 2004 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (link) but was only released yesterday.
Here's a slideshow video featuring several photographs of giant squids posing with humans. Or, the other way around if you prefer. Now, you might wonder why the guy in the orange safety vest is lying down next to one of the gigantic beasties, and you might really wonder why a group of people are in what looks like a hot tub with another, but it's all in the name of science:
This video shows a German posing with his friend and business associate, the alleged world record common carp. I say alleged because the video is four years old (3.5 years in carp years) and someone else claims to have caught a larger carp. However, whether they're referring to the same subspecies isn't clear.
Rather than quibbling, I suggest just enjoying the video, especially the "techno" soundtrack (a genre that's very popular in Europe).
Not all of these are photos of the Wels catfish (Weller, Silurus glanis), a ginormous beastie mostly found in Europe and famously in the Ebro River in Spain. And, the soundtrack is some wimpy pop tune rather than the folk metal that most experts agree fits in more with the fishes' mood. And, none of the pictures involve noodling. That said, enjoy.