Monster armour-clad fish caught off Blasket Islands

Monster armour-clad fish caught off Blasket Islands
The armour-plated monster was caught off the coast of Kerry.Photo: “The Americana” by Frederick Converse Beach and George Edwin Rines. Via the Internet Archive (www.archive.org)
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Kerry, 11 August 1908 – A monster fish – known as a barracuda – has been caught off the Blasket Islands.

The fish is more than 9ft in length and is furnished with a breastplate of armour more than two inches thick. The tail is like that of a shark and its dorsal fin retracts into its body like a periscope while it attacks its prey. A barrel of small herring is considered the standard meal for a barracouda.

[Editor’s note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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