Kothamangalam (Ernakulam): A giant fish that weighs more than 100 kg and has a length of 6.75 feet has drawn crowd to the fish farm in Nadukani.
Pothanikkad native George Antony grew this giant fish in his farm. The fish is called Arapaima gigas and is commonly found in Amazon river.
Antony bought the fish from a Thrissur native 7 years ago. The fish was grown in a pond in a fish farm in Nadukani. Sardines are the favourite food for these fish. Arapaima was fed 2 kg sardines every day.
By nature, the giant fish is very friendly. Head of the fish is dark and its body is in red colour. When the fish outsized the pond as it grew, Antony decided to sell it. Unfortunately, the fish died while carrying it in a fibre tank in a mini lorry. Antony said that the fish died because it was larger than the tank.
Even the fishling is priced Rs 5000. When the Arapaima grew enormous, the owner was trying to arrange a habitat for it in the catchment area of Bhoothathankettu dam in Periyar Valley. Meanwhile, the culvert built for it collapsed and the efforts were in vain.
The meat of Arapaima fish is delicious. Its skin is very expensive in foreign markets. It is used to make costly belts and footwear. The fish grows up to a length of 10 feet and weighs up to 200 kg, Antony said.