On September 9, 2017, the men’s trawler was fishing the waters off the southern Kuril islands. But when the sailors reviewed their haul, they were stunned. You see, the fishermen had dredged up a titan of the deep quite unlike anything they had caught before.
Not only was the fish that the men had captured a rare one, but it was also an incredible size. More specifically, their nets had ensnared a colossal ocean sunfish. Rather confusingly, the species is also known as a moonfish in Russia. Whatever you choose to call it, though, it’s scarce in that part of the world.
And the mammoth monster weighed an astonishing 2,424 pounds – a size locals claim is unheard of in those waters. Indeed, Russian news channel RT confirmed this fact on September 14, 2017. The media outlet featured a quote from a colleague of the fishermen, a man named Artur Balkarov.