Rare moonfish dies while idiotic fishermen argue whether to throw it back into the sea

Fishermen from the Russian island of Iturup spent the day arguing about a 1.2 ton rare moonfish – whether or not to throw it back into the Pacific Ocean. by the time they finished arguing, the creature had died.

According to the Siberian Times, fishermen caught the fish on September 9 off the South Kuril island and local fishermen couldn’t ever remember having ever seen a moonfish so large. After it died, the men brought the warm-blooded fish to the port where it stayed for a few days until it started to rot and smell. Local scientists were extremely interested in examining the rare find, but the fishermen decided to feed the remains to wild brown bears at the spot where island fishermen leave discarded fish to keep the hungry bears from attacking their villagers.

An agreement has been made, however the next time one is caught to turn it over to the local scientific museum.

According to Google, the Opahs, or more commonly known as moonfish, are large colorful pelagic lampriform fish from the family Lampridae. It is the first fish discovered to have a warm heart – meaning it can keep most of its body consistency at a temperature above the water temperature.

What a tragedy that man cannot respect other living creatures.

(Photos via screenshots from Siberian Times)

Source: Pet Rescue Report

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Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) -