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.]