A Japanese fisherman caught what’s believed to be a giant wolffish near the Fukushima nuclear plant, which has led some to believe that the plant has had adverse effects on the marine population.
Photos of Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career out of catching and eating unusual fish, show him holding the giant fish with a gaping mouth. The fish, which looks like something out of a science fiction movie, the Daily Mail reports.
Hiroshi managed to catch the fish off the coast of Hokkaido, an island near Russia.
“It was worth flying to twice within three months,” Hiroshi posted on Twitter. “This guy is super cool.”
Wolffish are commonly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and are known as deep sea dwellers. The fish have a reputation for being rather large and terrifying in appearance. The species has even been featured on Animal Planet’s "River Monsters."
Some have speculated that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown contributed to the fish’s large size. The meltdown occurred following an earthquake in 2011. Three of the reactor cores spewed radiation into the ocean, which may have affected the marine life.
Fish have since been caught in the area with 2,500 times the legal safe radiation limit.
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