Have you ever heard an urban legend about something living in the woods or waters surrounding your city or town? Perhaps it is an elusive mammal that hunters have been after for decades, or it's the legend of a giant fish that has eluded fishermen for just as long. One such legendary creature was finally caught and photographed in 2016.
On the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada, fishermen have always spoken of a giant white sturgeon fish with a pink bulb for a nose. No one has seemed to be able top catch the legendary creature, that is until then 19-year-old fishing guide, Nick McCabe, caught a glimpse of the fish while leading a tour.
When he spotted the fish he told the rest of the people on his boat that they should strap in because they were going to be in for at least a two-hour fight to land the beast. It actually took two hours and fifteen minutes, but the fish was eventually pulled in, and it was the legendary "pig nose." It was 10 feet long and weighed over 650lbs.
"Pig Nose" is around 80 years old, and the fish have been known to live to be over 100. They have been around for a very long time, swimming in the world's waters before the dinosaurs even walked the earth.
Even though "Pig Nose" had been tagged for conservation efforts, this was the first time that he had been caught by a normal fisherman. But it wouldn't be the last.
This past September, McCabe managed to land the fish a second time. “I had a gut feeling it was him,” McCabe said. “He’s still putting weight on. So that’s cool to see.”
The fish had gained more weight, now weighing in at over 700lbs, which is a good sign for the health of the local sturgeon population.
White sturgeon are considered to be an endangered species so the British Columbia government has a strict catch-and-release policy. If nothing else, this will allow future generations of anglers a chance at landing the legendary creature.
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