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Rare six-foot ribbon fish caught by Maldives fisherman

The fish was said to be tasty but with very thick skin.

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A fisherman from Faafu Dharanbooddhoo island on Saturday caught a six-foot long fish not normally found in the Maldives, local media reported.

Ahmed Faruhadh said he was shocked when he found the six-foot, three-inch long ribbon fish. It weighed five kilos.

“I have never seen this kind of fish. It is very thin and flat. I am completely shocked to see it,” he was quoted as saying by Mihaaru.

Another islander said the fish was tasty but had very thick skin. The creature was displayed to the people of Dharanboodhoo before they all had a bite of it.

A marine research centre official told Mihaaru that ribbon fish were rare in the Maldives and that they usually lived deep in the ocean.

“What we have found in the Maldives is the largest type of ribbon fish in the world,” the official was quoted as saying.

Photo: Mihaaru

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  1. Tim Godfrey

    October 3, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Re: Ribbonfish caught at Faafu Dharanbooddhoo .
    There are 2 species. Adults live very deep and have a global distribution. Juveniles are occasionally seen in the shallows. They have long filaments on the dorsal fin that look like sea-jelly tentacles.
    Tim Godfrey (on behalf of Rudie Kuiter, Author Fishes of the Maldives, Atoll Editions, 2018)

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