German fisherman Reinhard Wuhrmann has smashed the halibut world weight record with this 8ft 3ins Atlantic halibut caught in the north of Norway. He fought with the 245kg monster from the deep for three hours before he and three other fishermen finally landed it.
The fish was so big that at one point Reinhard’s rod snapped in two. The men were only able to haul it onto their boat after tying a rope around it when it came alongside.
The Atlantic halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. They are demersal fish, that live on or near sand, gravel or clay bottoms at depths of between 50 and 2,000 metres (160 and 6,600 ft). The halibut is among the largest teleost (bony) fish in the world. Halibut are strong swimmers and are able to migrate long distances. Halibut size is not age-specific, but rather tends to follow a cycle related to halibut (and therefore food) abundance.
The native habitat of the Atlantic halibut is the temperate waters of the northern Atlantic, from Labrador and Greenland to Iceland, the Barents Sea and as far south as the Bay of Biscay. It is the largest flatfish in the Atlantic and one of the largest species of flatfish in the world, reaching lengths of up to 4.7 metres (15 ft) and weights of 320 kilograms (710 lb). Its lifespan can reach 50 years.