Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Weird Fish


The mysterious fishy catch that has been puzzling fishermen in Ras Al Khaimah since Sunday has not only been identified as an Ocean Sunfish but has also been cited by today's Gulf News (640g) as probably one of the most dense materials known to man.

Today's GN report describes the fish as being the size of a dinner plate and yet weighing in at half a tonne. Adult males can reach weights of a whole metric tonne, apparently.

Deliciously, the online version of the story also maintains the fish to be the size of a dinner plate.

Let's see how long that lasts...

UPDATE

Goofed. As Nick points out in the comments, the article reads dinner plate SHAPED not SIZED and so that means I screwed up in a big way... It's just a stupid Sunfish and is not in fact one of the densest materials known to man, or a SNAFU by GN and so the egg has quite proverbially hit the fan and is now heading my way at a speed of knots.

Poste in haste, regret at leisure...
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12 comments:

the real nick said...

Alex, the article refers to the fish as dinner plate-shaped, not -sized.

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Austyn said...

Even so, surely "round" or "circular" would have sufficed. Unless there is a typical shape of dinner plates that is so intricate that it can only be described by comparison.
If it had been teapot-shaped, that would have been different.
And much more amusing.

hemlock said...

had anyone from GN (or the fishermen for that matter) bothered to visit either the Atlantis OR Dubai Mall, they wouldve gotten it right the first time.
atlantis even has a half blind sun fish - who tore out its eye.

Tim Burrowes - Mumbrella said...

McNabb: never wrong for long

Anonymous said...

Gulf News 1, blogger type 0...

rosh said...

"Poste in haste, regret at leisure..."

wahahaha! love that! :)

Nick, to err is human, to forgive is a divine blog right!

rosh said...

dang! helluva ugly fish there Alex.

existential al ain said...
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existential al ain said...

You're version still sounds more interesting, even though not true. :-)

Imagine that, a sunfish as one of the densest materials on earth!

the real nick said...

OK rosh, I forgive you.

Grumpy Goat said...

An approximately oval dinner plate is normal enough, but a plate with a big pair of wings is unusual to say the least!

Maybe you can use these as handles whilst slurping gravy?

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