CANADA | Two men made an astonishing catch while fishing near the confluence of the Matane River and the St. Lawrence River. Reportedly they captured a northern prawn measuring over 2.80 meters (9 ft) long and weighing more than 145 kilograms (319 lbs), the biggest crustacean of this type to have ever have been caught.
The Canadian Atlantic Coast fishermen, Rene Kirouac and his brother-in-law, Raymond Bergeron, were sailing when they noticed some unusual movement along the rocks located near the coast. Upon approaching, they noticed that the movement was caused a giant shrimp, and they set out to capture the amazing creature.
Upon realizing that their fishing traps would be useless against a crustacean of this size, they rushed out with their hunting rifles to handle the huge animal.
“It was the most difficult catch of my life!” says Mr. Kirouac “It just refused to die! We fired at it from close range, but it had very little effect. It took twelve .30-06 ammo before it stopped crawling, but we finally got it!”
Mr. Denis Langevin believes that because of its size, the crustacean probably fed on seals and other marine mammals in order to survive. Prawns can normally grow to about 15 to 16 cm in length, and their average size is about 8 cm.
“We took samples of the content of its stomach and the results are absolutely stunning,” Professor Langevin told reporters. “It seems that he fed on fish that should have been its predators, such as cod, hake, Greenland halibut and flounder! This specimen was clearly an abnormality in the food chain.”
The Guinness Book of Records has confirmed this morning in a statement, that it was both the longest and heaviest ever recorded shrimp.