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The Eel Story: Giant Fish Big, But Not That Big

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A conger eel said to be up to 21ft in length when it was caught off the coast of Devon was actually only about 6-7ft, officials at the port where it was sold have said.


The fish weighing 72.5kg (160lb) was hauled aboard the inshore trawler Hope by fishermen from Plymouth who tweeted pictures of their catch.

According to Plymouth Fisheries the eel is thought to be around 6-7ft (2m) long, though the fisherman who hauled it onboard said it could have been a few feet longer.

A spokeswoman for Plymouth Fisheries said: "Sadly it was never measured before it went to auction but the fisherman who caught it estimated it was 'about 10 feet in length'.

"Possibly the perspective of the hanging photograph does make it look longer - it looks shorter in other photos and eels stretch out when hung."


got eel sashimi?


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