Rare catfish weighing 97 kg found in Orissa river (With Images)December 23rd, 2008 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Dec 23 (IANS) A rare catfish weighing 97 kg was caught by a fisherman from a river in Orissa’s Jajpur district, an official said Tuesday. Ramakanta Dalei, 35, a fisherman from Rampur village, some 120 km from here, caught the fish, locally known as ‘Kana Saranda’, while fishing in Kharasrota river on Dec 20 midnight, the official said.
Dalei sold the 97-kg fish to a local middleman at Rs.55 per kg. The total sale price of the fish was Rs.5,335, Bishnupada Sethi, director of the fisheries and animal resource development department, told IANS.
The middleman sold the fish to a retailer at Rs.5,820 (at Rs.60 per kg), which was locally sold to consumers in pieces at Rs.70 per kg, Sethi said.
Some fishermen told officials they have earlier caught big fish weighing around 60 kg from the same place during 2006 and one fish even weighed 120 kg.
The zoological name of the cat fish is Datnioides quadrifasciatus. It is nocturnal and burrows into the river bed. Its eyes are rudimentary. It is blackish brown in colour. These fish are carnivores and even eat dead cattle, Sethi said.
“We will do a survey of the river to see if more such big fish can be found,” he said.