Russian diver gets hand stuck in monkfish

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz

By golly, this fish has caught a man.

A video uploaded to YouTube this week with a Russian description shows a diver with his hand lodged into the clamped mouth of what appears to be a monkfish. He cringes as he and another man try to pry open the fish's jaws with a plank of wood and then a knife.

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The description, when translated from Russian, suggests the man might have been trying to remove the fish from the net when he became stuck.

Monkfish have enormous mouths to help them hunt deep underwater, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Those gaping jaws are only an obstacle, however, because these fish are mostly harvested for their tails, which have a sweet taste that have earned them the nickname "poor man's lobster."

This poor fish tried a bite of human for its last meal.

The video has been viewed 213,000 times since user Eliza Mail uploaded it on Monday.

Past hand-wrangling incidents with fish have taken place without the help of a net.

A viral video in January showed a tarpon latching onto the arm of a man dangling himself over a dock in Florida.

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In July, an 11-year-old boy in Ottawa, Ohio, wrestled a 24-pound muskellunge to shore with his bare hands, though the fish was probably old or sick.