Community
 
Aggiungi lista preferiti Aggiungi lista nera Invia ad un amico
------------------
Crea
Profilo
Blog
Video
Sito
Foto
Amici
   
 
 
NEWS

Over 200 Kg

Copyright Paolo & Giuseppe RossiThere are many urban legends that picture our friend Silurus glanis as a repulsive shapeless, slimy monster who would eat anything passing through its large mouth, having a predilection for hairy quadrupeds (such as dogs and sheep) and children!

In many years spent fishing wel , it never happened to me (unfortunately) to run into a specimen big enough to be able, admitting that It would be willing, to do so (bear in mind that to encounter a siluro in the river Po above 90 kg is Very rare!).

After many researches I have managed to recover just one old picture, that I decided to show here.

(Unfortunately I do not have official dimensions. The weight has been indicated 256 kg and the length 335 cm. The fish should have been caught in the river Danubio).

Anyway…this fish, classified by someone a “scary animal”, but for us Big friend, was baptized in the past by Gesner as “ Dutch whale”. It also drew the attention of erudies and inspired poets a long time before Gesner.

Even Ausonio wrote:

Or fra i figli dell'acque a te il mio canto,
Grande siluro, io volgo, a te che il dorso
Quasi spalmato d'attico olio porti,
E nei fiumi il delfin mi rappresenti,
Tanto grande mi appari in mezzo all'acque,
Traendo avanti la tua mole immane!
Talor scorri fra i giunchi, e fra gli stretti,
E movi in traccia di tranquillo fondo.
La verde sponda e l'azzurrina turba
E l'onda limpidissima ti guarda,
E sale il flutto e scorre oltre la riva.
Così talora dal profondo mare
Mossa dal vento o dal suo proprio impulso
Vien la balena a riva e spinge il mare:
Torreggian l'acque minacciando i monti,
Mite balena tu della Mosella
Non rechi danno, e sei d'onore al fiume