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 Post subject: 400Kg, "Bombay Bhetki".
PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:10 pm 
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Hi!,

I saw this amazing report in The Hindu news paper, posted the link here for those who didn't see it in the papers.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/27/stories ... 182000.htm

Whats its English name??


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:42 pm 
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imrankhan wrote:
Hi!,

I saw this amazing report in The Hindu news paper, posted the link here for those who didn't see it in the papers.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/27/stories ... 182000.htm

Whats its English name??


Imran

Bekti is a local name for Barramundi.
16000 for 400 kgs , not a bad deal.
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So the myth that barramundi dont grow more that 25KG is solved...


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It appears to be a large grouper rather than a barra.


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Hard to tell from a photo of a fish that appears to have been dead and unrefridgerated for far to long but it's very likely to be a Giant grouper - Epinephelus lanceolatus.

http://www.fishbase.org/Country/Country ... 56&id=6468


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It looks like a Grouper to me as well but for the tail section which is very Barramundi like.

Bhekti is Barra in Bengali, about 30 – 40 years ago there was another story in the Times of India where a 400kg + barra that followed a boat inshore and was caught and killed, this time in Bombay, there was a picture as well and I saw the cutting myself. The fish was apparently mesmerized by the boar propeller and just followed it in.


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Bobby wrote:
Bhekti is Barra in Bengali, about 30 – 40 years ago there was another story in the Times of India where a 400kg + barra that followed a boat inshore and was caught and killed, this time in Bombay, there was a picture as well and I saw the cutting myself. The fish was apparently mesmerized by the boar propeller and just followed it in.


Hey Bobby, what did you make from the picture in the cutting?? I mean.. was it for real?

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Well the cutting in the old news paper was most certainly a Barra.

The current picture is not very clear, the latter half of the fish is very Barra like. You would need a frontal view to ID the fish in this case. If you look very closely towards the front of the fish trying to locate the eye, there is something that looks like an eye close to where the mouth is. If this indeed is the eye then it immediately creates an illusion of the fish being a barra. However one can never be sure from this image.

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Bobby whether Bara or not this one does not look like grouper either but what a mammoth fish :roll: :roll: specially from the tail section


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The biggest barramundi (Lates Calcarifer) ever recorded was 60kg.
The closely related African Nile Perch (Lates Niloticus) can reach 200kg's but that's a freshwater fish and unlikely to be found in the sea.

The fish is certanly a grouper but could be one of several species, with Giant being the most likely.

Interestingly, it would be illegal to land such a fish in Australia because they are under threat from over-exploitation. For other grouper species, the Australian government government impose slot limits. Any grouper bigger than 100 or 120cm (depending on the species) has to be returned alive. These are slow growing fish and not only do big ones produce more eggs for the future, those eggs carry the genes for growing to large size.


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Its def a grouper, I've swum with these fish in Andamans. There's an interesting tale of another similar monster under the pier in Mayabunder - I saw it while diving - eyes as big as saucers. Locals estimate it to be very old, and no nets are permitted in attempting to catch it - local angling rule!

Even if you caught it.......now how would you land it? :lol:

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