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Fisherman baffled after reeling in terrifying alien-like creature with giant eyes off Norwegian island

AN angler got the shock of his life when he accidentally reeled in this alien-like monster from the deep.

Oscar Lundahl nearly jumped out of his fishing boat when he saw the bizarre-looking species with bulbous eyes on the end of his line.

 An angler was astonished when he reeled in a bulbous-eyed roughhead grenadier off the coast of Norway
An angler was astonished when he reeled in a bulbous-eyed roughhead grenadier off the coast of NorwayCredit: Bournemouth News

The specimen is in actual fact Macrourus berglax, more commonly known as a roughhead grenadier.

Its eyes have also seen it given the alternative name onion-eye grenadier.

Oscar, 19, was fishing for the blue halibut when he caught the fish by mistake off the island of Andoya in northern Norway.

He had four hooks on his line with mackerel as bait and was fishing in 2,600ft of water at the time.

 Oscar Lundahl nearly jumped out of his fishing boat when he saw the bizarre-looking species with bulbous eyes on the end of his line.
Oscar Lundahl nearly jumped out of his fishing boat when he saw the bizarre-looking species with bulbous eyes on the end of his line.Credit: Bournemouth News

Oscar, a fishing guide for Nordic Sea Angling, said: “We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles off shore.

“I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it.

“It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was 800 metres deep.

“There were two halibut on two of the hooks and I was really happy about that and then I saw there was something else.

“It was pretty amazing. I have never seen anything like it before. It just looked weird, a bit dinosaur-like.

“I didn’t know what it was but my colleague did.”

Sadly, due to the sudden change in pressure, the roughhead grenadier did not survive being hauled up out of the water so Oscar took it home and pan-fried fillets of it in butter.

He said: “Despite its ugly appearance it was really tasty. It is a bit like cod but tastier.”


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