This huge fish is called an Opah and it was caught after quake hits Masbate

A huge Opah fish (Lampris guttatus) was caught in Oras, Eastern Samar hours after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Masbate and some parts of Eastern Visayas.

opah huge fish eastern samar

Photo from Ranilo Ebron/PNA

The ginormous fish is said to weigh more than 80 kilograms. It was caught by fisherfolk in Brgy. Sta. Monica in Tubabao Island.

Known to be a deep-sea fish, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-8) Regional Director Juan Albalajedo said the fish could have been affected by the earthquake shock waves, which is why it could have swum to the shallow part of the water where it was caught.

The first known warm-blooded fish, the Opah’s warm blood allows it to swim and see better making it a high-performance predator.

“It is considered a good fish marketed as fresh and frozen or prepared as sashimi, and is under a very high price category,” Albalajedo added.

The Opah fish meat sells at around PHP 200 per kilogram in their local market.

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