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