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'Monster' skate caught off Miami beach


Posted on Wednesday, 27 November, 2013 | Comment icon 11 comments

The skate was caught off Miami beach. Image Credit: USFWS
A fisherman from Florida has made headlines after catching a massive 800-pound skate fish.
Captain Mark Quartiano, who also goes by the nickname "Mark the Shark", caught the 14ft behemoth while filming a Japanese TV series. Described as a "dinosaur", the huge fish is a Dactylobatus clarkii, often referred to as a "hookskate".

"I've caught one like it before, but never that size, not in the last 30 years Iíve been doing this," he said. "Itís a very rare fish. Itís like a big gigantic whipping stingray."

Quartiano caught the skate at a depth of approximately 500ft and opted to let it go once it had been weighed and photographed. Little is known about this particular species which makes the catch all the more impressive.

"It was very old. It had barnacles all over it," he said. "Stingrays are usually pretty good to eat, but this one as table fare? I donít know how that would work out."

Source: ABC News | Comments (11)

Tags: Skate, Fish


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 27 November, 2013, 19:35
Wow! Glad he let it go. Hoped it survived its ordeal. I agree.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 28 November, 2013, 0:23
WOW!! That thing is a monster. Makes you wonder what lurks below.
Comment icon #4 Posted by kapow53 on 28 November, 2013, 11:14
I was about to be mad but he said he released it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by tyrant lizard on 28 November, 2013, 11:17
Imagine if you caught a fleeting glance of that thing breaching the surface... it might look like some giant sea monster's head
Comment icon #6 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 29 November, 2013, 1:30
Can you eat them? That would be a big meal.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney on 29 November, 2013, 3:48
Can you eat them? That would be a big meal. They take a cookie cutter to the smaller ones to make the cheap scallops.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DecoNoir on 29 November, 2013, 4:53
Ho....ly.....$&%!
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 29 November, 2013, 6:40
I hope they threw it back
Comment icon #10 Posted by moonshadow60 on 30 November, 2013, 19:42
To be that large, it has to be very old. They let it go. It was the right thing to do.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Artaxerxes on 7 December, 2013, 5:29
They weighed it which means they had to lift it up out of the water. Chances are it did a lot of internal damage and I'm betting that it will ultimately kill the animal. Predators can sense any sort of change from normal behavior which will make the skate a target.


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