A enormous prehistoric-looking wolffish has been caught by fishermen along the Japanese coast.
Hirasaka Hiroshi reeled in the monstrous creature during a trip to Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, located near eastern Russia.
Normally the fish grow up to three feet long, but the beast which Hiroshi visibly struggled to lift was about six feet in length.
3ヶ月の内に二度も知床へ飛んだ甲斐がありました。めっっちゃくちゃかっこいい！ pic.twitter.com/DSWizKkNTQ— 平坂寛 (@hirahiroro) August 29, 2015
"It was worth flying to [Hokkaido] twice within three months. This guy is super cool” the fisherman posted on Twitter.
The catch is unusual as the creatures are normally found on the ocean floors of the Atlantic and Pacific, rarely emerging from the depths.
One reason for the wolfish migrating further north could be because of rising water temperatures, according to a study written in 2008.
And the sheer size of the catch has lead some to believe it could be related to fallout from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Giant catfish were discovered near the site of another nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Russia last year.