Fugitive "monster" fish has appeared in China

A furtive “monster” fish caught national attention in China this week as millions of people tuned in to a multiday effort to capture it, SIA cites foreign media.

The fish, estimated to be at least 27½ inches long, was first spotted in mid-July by a resident in Ruzhou, a landlocked central Chinese city. Local authorities identified it as an alligator gar — a torpedo-shaped freshwater fish with razor-sharp teeth — and launched an operation to capture it.

Officials fear the fish, whose origin is traced back some 100 million years by fossil records, would attack humans.

Huge crowds and social media phenomena continue to flock to Yunchang Lake in central China. After two weeks searching in vain, the local government announced it would drain the entire lake.

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