For marine biology fans: A “weird and frozen” 70-pound fish washed ashore in Chilkat Inlet, Alaska, and was found by Harry Rietz, the Chilkat Valley News reports (tinyurl.com/chilkfish). He and his stiff prize are shown in a photo by Brad Badger.
It’s actually a ragfish, which is apparently a rare find. Because they are deep ocean dwellers, not much is known about them, not even what they eat. They do occasionally wash up — most often on Southeastern Alaska beaches — and are sometimes caught by commercial fishermen.
This particular fish had spawned, and Rietz found eggs about 50 feet away from it, in a seaweed bed. Unfortunately, local seagulls decided they were lunch.
Meanwhile, Rietz is keeping the ragfish on ice until he finds out if the American Bald Eagle Foundation wants to put it on exhibit.