The halibut, que era 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, weighed about 287 libras (130 kg) when it was caught off the Outer Hebrides, an island chain off the cost of Scotland.
Scottish trawler Aquarius, which usually fishes for cod and haddock, caught the halibut, según SWNS.
Armstrong’s Fishmongers in Edinburgh, Escocia, bought the 287-pound halibut for about $ 1,379 (£1,000), SWNS informado. According to the news agency, the fish will be cut into almost 100 portions.
Gary Huckle, the manager of Armstrong’s Fishmongers, told SWNS he hasn’t seen anything like this halibut before.
“I’ve been a fishmonger for 35 years and I have never seen a halibut this size,” Huckle told SWNS. “I’ve done big fish before but this is off the scale. It’s the biggest Scottish fish I have ever seen.”
Despite Huckle’s shock, Armstrong’s has bought other large halibut before, según SWNS.
En 2017, the fishmonger bought a 229-pound (104 kg) halibut, the news agency reported.
Huckle told SWNS that the fish can’t be filleted because of its “big middle bone,” but his team will cut the fish into “big halibut loins.”
“We are in the process of cutting it up now but I think we will get 75 kg (165 libras) out of that, you do get a bit of weight loss with halibut,” Huckle said.
“…It’s absolutely massive,” él agregó.
Según SWNS, the largest halibut ever caught in Scottish waters weighed more than 295 pounds and was caught last summer.