Man behind famous fish’s death comes forward to face the music

The China Post
Date: April 3, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A tackle shop owner claimed responsibility yesterday for accidentally

This file photo shows a post on a local community Facebook page for Hengchun Peninsula. It reads: You had a thrill catching it, but you hurt the heart of us divers. (CNA)

reeling in Ah Niu (阿牛), a giant trevally famed in the waters of Kenting’s Houbihu conservation area, telling local media he sold the celebrity sea creature for NT$2,380.

The business owner, who identified himself only as “Ah Di,” told local media that he had caught many giant trevallies in the region.

On the market, they are not considered a “very delicious fish,” and so the 34-kilogram Ah Niu was sold for only NT$70 per kg, he said.

The death of the beloved fish garnered widespread attention after videos and photos were posted online showing it being reeled in last Thursday.

According to a diver in the area, Tsai Yung-chuen (蔡永春), while giant trevallies were not uncommon around the area, Ah Niu was special in that it had been friendly toward divers since appearing in the waters two years ago.

Tsai said giant trevallies were migration fish but that Ah Niu and three other giant trevallies ended up staying in the Kenting waters.

Ah Niu was known to regularly swim among divers, many of whom would return to the area to greet the fish.    [FULL  STORY]

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