If you think this one smells fishy, find it
hard to swallow or perhaps think this is a whopper of a fish story your are
According to the
web site, the origin of this email is very most likely from China
and in the Chinese language. The site went on to say that the
government of Huadu had issued a statement disclaiming this saying, "no
sighting of any large man-eating fish has been reported, and that no
deaths have occurred in the reservoir between 25 July of last year and
The specimen in the
photo is not a catfish. It is, in fact, what marine biologists
have labeled a rhincodon typuse. This is the largest fish in the
sea, what we commonly know today as a whale shark.
Whale sharks normally
range in length from 18 to 32 feet and can weigh just over 20 tons.
They are found in the warm water habitats of all tropical seas.
Although they are classified as carnivorous they really are filter
feeders and nowhere close to being a "man eater". Filter feeding is a process
of gathering food by scooping up plankton, small
crustaceans and small fish along the surface with their colossal gaping
mouths and filtering their meals by forcing the water out of their
In his "Undersea
Discoveries of Jacques-Yves Cousteau Series", the late undersea marine
wildlife expert called them "peaceful giants" and wrote that they have
been know to grow between 40 and 50 in length.