Greg Bernal of Florissant (a suburb of St. Louis) holds the new official Missouri state record for blue catfish. Bernal hooked the giant, which weighed in officially at 130 lbs, with pole and line in the Missouri River near Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 20.
Bernal’s catch bested the previous state pole and line record by 27 lbs. The huge blue cat also stands to topple the standing World Record by 4 pounds.
The fish measured 57 inches in length, and 45 inches in girth. It has been confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record. Application for world record status has been submitted to the International Game Fish Association and is currently awaiting confirmation.
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Whale lands on yacht
A South African couple was out sailing near the country’s infamous Robben Island when a 40-ton whale breached and crash-landed on their yacht.
“We were watching the whale flipping its tail for about half an hour,” said Cape Town Sailing Academy Administrator Paloma Werner, who was enjoying a Sunday sail with her boyfriend and sailing instructor, Ralph Mothes.
“It reached about 100 to 200 meters from us, then it disappeared under water and reappeared about 10 to 20 meters from the boat, but we didn’t think we were on a collision course,” she told msnbc.com.
“All I heard him say was ‘Oh sh*&,’ and I saw the whale come out of the water and crash against the mast of the boat.
The whale crushed the mast and did a lot of damage to the yacht. The whale then swam away.