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Monster skate caught off Iceland

Loren Coleman lcolema1 at maine.rr.com
Fri Mar 1 11:50:17 EST 2002

Monster skate caught off Iceland
28 February, 2002 15:42 GMT

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - A giant skate weighing 41 kg (90 pounds) and measuring
1.8 metres (six feet) from head to tail, has been caught by a trawler off
the south coast of Iceland, a fish store owner in the capital said.

"The average skate usually weights around seven kg, maybe 10 at the most. We
rarely see one this big," Asgeir Baldursson, whose Reykjavik store will
showcase the giant creature until Saturday, told Reuters on Thursday.

"We've had a few people come in just to see this monster."

Baldursson said that the skate, netted on Wednesday, will be putrefied for a
traditional Icelandic dish of rotten fish next week: "It will be a feast for
at least 10 people."




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