When it comes to ocean creatures, you can’t tell for sure what you’ll fish out. One time you hook a blue marlin, another time, it’s a giant squid straight from the abyss. For millennia, the fishermen have been telling stories about giant carps that can swallow boats, enormous whales that could cause a tsunami, and 50-foot blood-thirsty sharks. The creatures from folklore and myths are usually extremely exaggerated, but nowadays, when anyone can just snap a picture of their catch, it becomes obvious that some of those legendary sea-dwellers could actually be real.

Here are the ten largest creatures ever caught by fishermen.

1. The Largest Lobster

The world’s largest lobster was caught in Nova Scotia in 1977. This crustacean colossus weighed over 44 pounds.

2. The Largest Catfish

The largest catfish ever caught was nearly 8 feet long. A group of villagers in Thailand fished out the beast, but it managed to slink away into the murky river despite their best efforts.

3. The Largest Stingray

The giant stingray is the largest freshwater species on Earth, and the prime specimen caught in Cambodia is a perfect example of how big they can get. This bottomfeeder was 13 feet and weighed over 550 pounds.

4. The Largest Salmon

The absolute giant of the salmon kingdom weighed almost 90 pounds, which is two times more than average salmon usually weigh

5. The Largest Squid

The largest squid ever caught was fished out in the Arctic Ocean. Its length was more than 20 feet, and it weighed over 1,100 pounds. Now that’s a Kraken!

6. The Largest Marlin

This 16-foot giant blue marlin was caught in Hawaii in 1984. When the fishermen finally hauled the monster on the pier to weigh and measure it, the scales dinged at almost 1560 pounds.

7. The Largest Seabass

It took five people more than an hour to get this seabass out of the water. No wonder, after all, the fish weighed 440 freaking pounds.

8. The Largest King Crab

The largest king crab ever caught was about 31 pounds and measured 6 feet from end to end. This is how nightmares are born.

9. The Largest White Shark

The largest white shark ever caught was a 17-foot-long Nova Scotian beauty named “The Queen of the Ocean.” It required a special mechanism to be lifted out of the sea, as it weighed a whopping 3,500 pounds!

10. The Largest Oarfish

This ribbon-like fish is called an oarfish, and as you can tell, it’s long as heck! The largest recorded specimen was caught in 1885 by fishermen off Pemaquid Point in Maine. It was a 25-foot-long monstrosity weighing over 600 pounds.

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