A fisherman in China made the catch of his life last week, reeling in a giant yellow croaker (also known as a Chinese Bahaba).
After several bids, he was able to sell the fish at 17,081 RMB per pound, for a total of almost three million RMB (roughly US$472,091).
The fisherman said that he saw the 176-pound fish just floating on the sea’s surface and “picked it up.”
He’s one lucky fisherman!
Back in 2008, a group of Hong Kong fishermen sold a Bahaba for just US$2,588, so far away from its true market value. In 2010, another Bahaba was caught in China and sold for 3.45 million RMB (US$542,905).
The Chinese Bahaba can grow up to over 6 ft. long and 220 pounds in weight. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the Bahaba’s swim bladder “is highly appreciated for its medicinal properties and as a general tonic for health.”