Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fish Story

Via Rising Hegemon comes the story of the world’s biggest herring.

The giant oarfish, also known as “the king of herrings” (Regalecus glesne), is the world’s largest bony fish (“teleost”), and can grow up to 11 meters (36 feet) long! It’s rarely photographed because it lives in the deep sea, but one just washed up on the coast of Sweden, where it hasn’t been seen for 150 years. They eat plankton.

To paraphrase the line from Jaws: “You’re gonna need a bigger bowl of sour cream.”