A 19 year old Oscar Lundahl was fishing on the island of Andoya in northern Norway in waters that has a depth of 2600 feet when he accidentally caught the strange-looking fish with bulbous spherical eyes.
It is reported that he nearly jumped off his boat when he realised what was on the hook of his fishing line was weird and strange looking.
It turned out the creature was a ratfish, which lives in deep water and is believed to be a distant relative to sharks.
The ratfish got its name from the fact that it has a tail like that of a rat. The ratfish’s large eyes have evolved to help them with vision in the dark, Just like those of a cat the ratfish eyes reflect light.
The good news is that this species of ratfish is harmless to humans
Mr Lundahl said:
“I 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.”
The ratfish did not survive out of the water and Lundahl took it home and made it into a nice dinner; adding that it was delicious despite its ugly appearance.