Large eel appears on road

Large eel appears on road

On May 16, in front of the community center, Hama Ward Chief Kenei Tamaki holds up a large taunagi (Asian swamp eel).


May 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 16, an eel 1.4-meter long weighing 7.6-kilogram was found on the road in the Katsurenhama district of Uruma. A resident picked it up and took it the local community center. Hama Ward Chief Yoshiteru Shinzato said that he was very surprised to see such a large eel. It was taken to Katsuren Fishery Cooperative market for auction and was sold for 798 yen. On May 15, the day before the eel appeared, there was heavy rain with frequently lighting strikes. The ward chief said, “The eel might have come out on the road by surfing on water overflowing out of an agricultural reservoir.”

Adviser to the Katsuren Fishery Cooperative Kenei Tamaki said, “It’s a taunagi (Asian swamp eel). This is the first time for us to sell freshwater fish in our market. Up to now we’ve only sold fish from the sea.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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