Prehistoric Fish Caught in Norway

Lucas Alexander, Staff Writer

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A Norwegian fisherman recently lured in an incredibly odd prehistoric type of fish. Oscar Lundal took a boat ride 5 minutes out into sea looking for a rare specimen and ended up catching something that scared him to death. 

“We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles offshore,” he told The Sun. “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.”

What he reeled in was a specimen called the ratfish, a creature related to the shark with big eyes and a snake like tail. This specimen in particular dates back 300 million years. The fish is not harmful to humans and it feeds on crustaceans. The fish was already dead when Lundal caught it so after inspecting it he decided to cook and eat it. “Despite its ugly appearance, it was really tasty,” Lundalh told the paper. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”