Growing up on an island of fishermen, I’ve heard stories about big fish, but this recent catch in Shenzhen really takes the cake — or it would, if there were any room on the table for cake! According to the Global Times, this absolutely mammoth giant grouper fish weighs in at nearly 600 pounds and is over seven and a half feet long (which, as the GT points out, makes it “taller than Yao Ming,” if not quite as tall as China’s 7’9″ tallest man). It’s a wonder that table doesn’t crack under the pressure!
The fish is bound for the dinner table — more precisely, a whole lot of dinner tables — and chefs have promised they won’t waste a single piece of it. It’s a good thing, too, as giant grouper this big are rarely seen and even more rarely served. In the wild, the fish have been observed to grow as long as nine feet and can weigh over a thousand pounds. But such giant fish are difficult to find and catch.
The fish is a symbol of Queensland, Australia, and is sometimes called the Queensland grouper, but it can be found in coral reefs throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans. It’s also famous for its ability to switch genders, and for having been the first kind of fish to ever undergo chemotherapy.
This particular Shenzhen fish might have preferred chemotherapy to his current fate as a dinner for dozens of hungry restaurant goers over the next week. But he or she can rest easy knowing that very few fish ever feed so many people at once, and very few restaurants in China ever get a chance to offer a dish as rare and gigantic as him (or her)