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Fishmonger Poses With Six-Foot 'Beast' Halibut Weighing 77kg

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Fishmonger Poses With Six-Foot 'Beast' Halibut Weighing 77kg

A fishmonger in Scotland was delighted to receive delivery of a massive halibut at the weekend.

Campbell Mickel got the whopping 6ft fish on Saturday (4 June) and said it took four guys to haul the halibut on to the window display at his fish market.

The creature was caught in the North Sea and taken to Peterhead Fish Market, where Campbell bought it from last week.

Upon arrival at his fishmongers - Eddie's Seafood Market, Edinburgh - it dwarfed the regular sized halibut, which weigh between 10-14kg.

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Naturally, fishmonger William Elliot lay down beside the huge halibut to offer a sense of perspective.

It's a big boy. Credit: SWNS
It's a big boy. Credit: SWNS

Campbell, 50, said: "It's a beast and it wasn't cheap that's for sure. It was wrapped up after I bought it and shipped to me on two pallets.

"In my younger years as a chef we would get halibut in twice the size of this one. When I worked in Rafaelli in the '80s, we used to get halibut this size every couple of weeks, they were ten a penny.

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"But I am new to being a fishmonger, I only took it up less than a year ago, so it's the biggest fish I have had in the market.

"The hardest part was getting it into the shop window on display. It took four men to get it up there, it's not the easiest job in the world lifting the dead weight of a 77kg slimy fish. It dwarfed the other halibut next to it.

"We have filleted it now and started delivering it to our restaurant customers around Edinburgh, so it's fair to say halibut will be on the menu this week."

The fish has now been filleted. Credit: SWNS
The fish has now been filleted. Credit: SWNS
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He added that it was encouraging to see that fish of this scale (pun intended) are still out there.

He said: "Everyone is used to small halibut, a regular one weighs between 10-14kg, so this is really special.

"It's fantastic new for our seas and oceans to see this size come out.

"Seaspiracy had a lot of valid points about the fishing industry, but it's amazing that there is still that size of halibut in the sea that has been given the chance to grow to that size.

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"I'm delighted to see that fish this size can still exist.

"It's good news for the oceans and I'm looking forward to seeing more that have had the time to thrive and grow - as this one has."

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Topics: UK News, Fish, Animals

Jake Massey
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