Saturday, April 7, 2007

Century-Old Fish Caught off Alaskan Coastline!

A Seattle-based trawler pulled up 70 tons of pollack and 10 rock fish back in March. One of the latter was 44" long and weighed in at 60 pounds. Scientists estimate her age at between 90 and 115 years. But while she may be the oldest, she's not the largest; the largest on record was 47" long.

They determined the age by removing an earbone, known as the otolith, which contains growth rings similar to those in tree trunks. The contents of the fish's stomach were also examined, and one scientist said, "The belly was large. The ovaries were full of developing embryos."

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