When it comes to ocean creatures, you can’t tell for sure what you’ll fish out. One time you hook a blue marlin, another time, it’s a giant squid straight from the abyss. For millennia, the fishermen have been telling stories about giant carps that can swallow boats, enormous whales that could cause a tsunami, and 50-foot blood-thirsty sharks. The creatures from folklore and myths are usually extremely exaggerated, but nowadays, when anyone can just snap a picture of their catch, it becomes obvious that some of those legendary sea-dwellers could actually be real.
Here are the ten largest creatures ever caught by fishermen.
1. The Largest Lobster
The world’s largest lobster was caught in Nova Scotia in 1977. This crustacean colossus weighed over 44 pounds.
2. The Largest Catfish
The largest catfish ever caught was nearly 8 feet long. A group of villagers in Thailand fished out the beast, but it managed to slink away into the murky river despite their best efforts.
3. The Largest Stingray
The giant stingray is the largest freshwater species on Earth, and the prime specimen caught in Cambodia is a perfect example of how big they can get. This bottomfeeder was 13 feet and weighed over 550 pounds.
4. The Largest Salmon
The absolute giant of the salmon kingdom weighed almost 90 pounds, which is two times more than average salmon usually weigh