Friday 23 October 2020

Bengal woman’s fortune turns after catching 52-kg bhola fish

The fish was sold at the local market for Rs 6,200 per kilogram. Pushpa confirmed that she received over Rs 3 lakh for her catch

An elderly woman became rich overnight after she caught a 52-kilogram fish from a river in West Bengal. Pushpa Kar, a resident of Chakphuldubi village on Sagar Island in West Bengal, caught a massive Bhola fish from a river and sold it for Rs 3 lakh.

According to the locals, the fish was sold at the local market for Rs 6,200 per kilogram. Pushpa confirmed that she received over Rs 3 lakh for her catch.

“The fish turned out to be a jackpot for me. I got more than 3 lakh by selling it in the wholesale market at Rs 6,200 per kilogram,” Pushpa said.

The woman had gone to the sea for fishing when she caught the giant fish. “I have never seen such a giant fish in my life. It is called ‘Bhola’ fish in Bengali,” she said.

The locals said that the size of the fish and the price for which it was sold were both huge. Pushpa had to make a lot of efforts to drag the fish from the river and bring it to the village. The locals helped her carry it to the fish market.

A villager said,” The fish most was probably killed as it collided with a vessel.”

Local traders said that the fish would have fetched more amount if it had not started to decompose.

Even though a fish of this size can’t be consumed as its flesh becomes rubbery, its internal organs are of great value. The fat of the fish, known as blubber, is sold at high prices and exported to countries in southeast Asia.

Dried blubber, also known as Fish Maw can fetch Rs 80,000 per kg or even higher prices. While some people prefer the Fish Maw, others purchase dried blubber for its supposed medicinal uses.

A trader was quoted by media as saying, “Traders normally extract the internal organs from the fish and then sell the carcass to those who go around villages and towns, displaying the preserved fish for a price at fairs or similar events.”

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