A big fish belonging to the Ray household, most probably an enormous Manta Ray given the situation, was caught by a bunch of fishermen off the Digha coast close to the Odisha-West Bengal border on Monday morning.
Director of West Bengal United Fishermen Affiliation, Pinaki Ranjan Kar mentioned the fish weighed in round 800 kg and was caught by a bunch of fishermen Eight km off the Udaypur seashore in Odisha close to Digha . “The fishermen have been shocked once they noticed the fish within the web. The fishermen in Digha name it Shankar fish and resembles the ear of an elephant,” mentioned Kar. The fish was Eight ft lengthy and 5 ft vast. “Although the fishermen in Digha have earlier caught such fish, this was the heaviest,” he added.
Sankar or Shankar fish is a generic identify for all Rays in elements of East India.
HT couldn’t independently confirm the load of the Manta Ray, although the species is recognized to succeed in a lot bigger sixes (wingspans as much as 7-Eight metres in some instances; and weights in extra of 2000 kg)
Kar mentioned that quickly after the information of the catch unfold, an enormous crowd to catch a glimpse of the fish at Digha. Later, a fish buying and selling agency from West Bengal’s Ranighat locality of West Bengal purchased it at a value of Rs 50,000. Elements of the Manta Ray (the gills for example) are utilized in Chinese language drugs, though the fish themselves should not rized for his or her meat. Large Manta Rays are listed as weak beneath the IUCN.
Extra director of fisheries(marine) in Bhadrak, Chitta Ranjan Sahu mentioned he’s nonetheless verifying the authenticity of the video. “ Our persons are attempting to talk to the fishermen who caught the fish,” mentioned Sahu.
In March one other giant Manta Ray, weighing round 300 kg was caught by fishermen off the Digha coast. In January, a 200 kg one was caught in waters off Balaramgadi seashore in Odisha.