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Russian Deep Sea Fisherman is King of Bizarre Sea Creatures

If they awarded a Nobel prize in weird fish catching, Roman Fedortsov would probably win it every year until they retired the award and gave it to someone else. This Russian deep-sea fisherman is based in Murmansk on the Barents Sea but travels the Arctic Ocean as well as Atlantic and Mediterranean waters, occasionally getting as far away from home as Morocco.


While he’s supposed to be working, Roman apparently has an eagle eye for unusual fish and keeps his camera handy (UFO hunters, take note) in order to take pictures of the strange creatures that end up in his nets. He posts them on Twitter and Instagram and has the kind of following that might make a Kardashian wonder if he’s single and doesn’t smell too fishy.

Roman with a sun fish

Roman with a sun fish

Most of these fish came from a depth of 200 to 1,000 meters (660 to 3,300 feet) below the surface. Fedortsov apparently knows his fish and identifies many of them for his followers, but he leaves some nameless for guessers.

A frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus)

A frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus)

He also appears to be brave because he poses the fish for selfies in his non-camera hand.

Starfish - not bizarre but pretty unusual

Starfish – not bizarre or dangerous but pretty unusual

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but some of what he’s holding would scare the Loch Ness monster … or at least convince it to turn over its “monster” title.

Here's something to keep you awake tonight

Here’s something to keep you awake tonight

Seeing his unusual hobby, it should come as no surprise the Roman has a good sense of humor that comes out in some of his non-fish photos.


If he ever decides to give up fishing, he’s got a great future in horror movies.



Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.
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