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Arapaima fishing in Brazil (18 pictures)

Fishing for a living fossil?


Type of fish named Arapaima or Pirarucu is considered by biologists to be a living fossil. It is the largest freshwater fish species in South America and one of the largest in the world. It is also unique among fish – it can breathe air.

Catching the Arapaima, a fish that is sought after for its meat, is only allowed once a year by Brazil’s environmental protection agency. The minimum size allowed for a fisherman to keep an Arapaima is 1.5 meters. 

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