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Old man catches and kills 200-year-old fish

So sad, the fish could have lived for hundreds more years. It's just cruel to take the life of something that has lived for soooooooooo long. It witnessed the Titanic, the founding of the US, and so much more!

by Anonymousreply 2107/11/2013

In 1813, President James Madison occupied the White House, Americans occupied Fort George in Canada (a result of the War of 1812) and a rockfish was born somewhere in the North Pacific.

Two hundred years later, that same rockfish was caught off the coast of Alaska by Seattle resident Henry Liebman — possibly setting a record for the oldest rockfish ever landed.

by Anonymousreply 107/03/2013

Rockfish are very long lived and the problem is that nobody really tries to catch them - they catch your line when you're fishing for halibut or salmon. You can't just release them because they come up from such depths that their air bladders have burst and they're dead or dying by then time you know what you have.

I felt horrible when I caught a 40 year old rockfish - at the time, older than I was.

by Anonymousreply 207/03/2013

why is he smiling? I think it's sad. It would have been cool to see how long the fish could live on its own without an annoying human killing it first.

by Anonymousreply 307/03/2013

[quote]It witnessed the Titanic, the founding of the US, and so much more!

How could it have witnessed anything at the bottom of the ocean?

by Anonymousreply 407/03/2013

[quote]How could it have witnessed anything at the bottom of the ocean?

It lived through humanity turning its oceans into a stinking, toxic pile of spew and plastic bags, which is pretty much the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 507/03/2013

Was it at Stonewall?

by Anonymousreply 607/03/2013

The US was founded in 1813?

by Anonymousreply 707/03/2013

A headline from the future, about Brahim Zaibat and Madonna.

by Anonymousreply 807/03/2013

Didn't Homer do something similar in "The Simpsons?"

by Anonymousreply 907/03/2013

It turns out the fish was more like 64 years old.

by Anonymousreply 1007/10/2013

Revolting that he's smiling but it's not as if he was trying to kill a 200 year old fish.

by Anonymousreply 1107/10/2013

I read that since they are deep-sea creatures the fish was dead from the change in pressure before it got to the surface.

by Anonymousreply 1207/10/2013

But didn't the Titanic wind up at the bottom of the ocean?

by Anonymousreply 1307/10/2013

It must not have taken too much effort for Frederic Prinz von Anhalt to catch one legged wife, Zsa Zsa? She's actually finally gone?

by Anonymousreply 1407/10/2013

Thank you R7, I couldn't believe that wasn't the first comment to this thread.

by Anonymousreply 1507/10/2013

Think of all that rockfish had yet to achieve!

by Anonymousreply 1607/10/2013

Good point r16

by Anonymousreply 1707/10/2013

Harry Liebman was just Standing His Ground, R16.

You shouldn't-nuf bit fish.

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2013

Hell, Rockfish was turning his life around. He started back to school. He was spending time with his son, and getting ready to marry his daughter's Mother.

by Anonymousreply 1907/11/2013

I hope this "fisherman" gets a hook stuck through his fat lip and ends up in a drum of bubbling grease.

by Anonymousreply 2007/11/2013

I think I read this in high school.

by Anonymousreply 2107/11/2013
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