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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Athelstane1314 wrote to me via the CFZtv account on YouTube:

Many years ago I was in a pub on the shores of Loch Ness and there was a photo on the wall of a man on a row boat. By his dress I'd say this was early 20th century. He was standing holding an eel by the throat. He had the proportions of a big guy, a lot of Highlanders are and the fish was more than a foot thick and more than 12 feet long.

In 1995 I was comming out of a lough near Sligo after swimming and I met a German guy on the beach. He told me he used to swim in there often until one day he saw something under him swim past and he said [it was] about 7 meters [sic] long!

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

If the photo at the pub was legitimate it could be valuable evidence. Being a photo in a pub it would more likely be trick photography, forced perspective or even a monatge rephotographed.

But I do not find either account ouside of the range of giant eels as they are actually reported-indeed they are very modest considering that reports of giant freshwater eels can commonly range 20-30 feet long and exceptionally to 40 feet or more. And that part would hold true pretty much globally.

Being of that size range would mean of course that they are entirely distinct from the common eels. About 10 to 12 feet long would be the lower-end cutoff where it would be just possibly a truly exceptional individual of known eel species: almost all the giant eels as reported are much larger than that.