An angler in central Vietnam has caught a 4.2 meter long fish, believed to be an oarfish, while he was fishing near the coast of Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Nguyen Van Anh, 61, said it took him and his friend 30 minutes to pull the fish, which weighed almost 30 kg, off the water onto the shore on May 30.
Anh, a member of a fishing club in Da Nang City, said it was the first time he saw this kind of fish.
Oarfish is recorded as the world’s longest bony fish, according to Wikipedia.
Its shape is ribbon-like, narrow laterally, with a dorsal fin along its entire length, stubby pectoral fins, and long, oar-shaped pelvic fins, from which its common name is derived.
Its coloration is silvery with dark markings, and its fins are red. Its physical characteristics and its undulating mode of swimming have led to speculation that it might be the source of many "sea-serpent" sightings.
It is commonly measured 3 meters in total length.