The biggest fish
Humanity is always interesting to know who in the world “firsts”. Interest to the largest river predator will never run out.
Catfish is a fish, covered in a variety of legends and stories that make it sometimes even sinister.
In one of reservoirs of China under mysterious circumstances missing bathers. When caught huge catfish, reaching a length of 3 meters, and the head width was more than 1 meter, inside a catfish found human remains.
Stories of experienced fishermen in Ukraine is also full of interesting details about soms huge size. Catfish can swim up quietly to the trees bowed over the water, and a kick tail to deftly knock down the nest with Chicks, gaping like a crow or a boat to turn over, brushing a stroke of the tail of a fisherman. Soma thinks smart fish, there are cases when, ramming the strong network, he took along a fish trapped in it.
Som 130 kg, DL.2.7 m on the Ilek river in Kazakhstan
The king-fish of the Dnieper river – the ancient name of soma. These baleen giants became heroes of legends and the most incredible stories. On the Dnieper beaches and still hear stories about soms of gigantic size, who can quietly get to the bathers and to carry off into the depths.
Not so davno the coast of the island Khortytsya on the Dnieper river, was discovered missing on the eve of the towing ship, aboard which was a big hole stuck in her fourteen foot catfish!
After opening the stomach lifted to the surface of the carcass, all were horrified, seeing the remains of the three Polish tourists, shortly before stranded passengers of the ship in distress, who had to change seats in the boat, but never got ashore.
Enormous size soma was found by the locals in the river Ilek (Kazakhstan). One of the local old-timers told about what he had seen at night in the moonlight large catfish, which was heated on the water surface. Locals claim that the loss of three young people associated with the emergence of the river catfish-giant.
Som length 2.5 m, weight 114 kg. Italy
The largest river predators – is com. Brehm, the famous zoologist, gives the size of the fish: length – 3 meters, weight up to 230kg, while other sources claim that the weight of catfish can reach 500 kg, length – 6.3 m (zoologist D. Villers), catfish can live up to 100 years. It grows quickly in warm water.
All the major rivers, reservoirs and lakes of CIS and Russia, from the South to the Far East, you can find big catfish, because these giant fishes can dwell in any body of water where they have to eat and fairly quiet. Inhabit the soma and in the European countries (except North), as well as in Canada, USA and Latin America.