A fisherman on the Great Barrier Reef has eaten all of the fish in his catch and is now considering eating the butterfly fish he caught to help raise money for the Royal New Zealand Army.
Derek Fisher was caught off the south coast of New Zealand’s north island on Saturday after returning from a fishing trip to the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 60 kilometres away.
The fisherman, who is now at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Auckland, said he had a couple of small fish left in his boat and was planning to eat the butterfly.
“I think I’ve eaten about half of it and am going to try to go for the butterfly next time I get the chance,” he said.
“The other half of the butterfly is gone.”
Fisher said he was surprised that his catch had been found.
“If it’s alive it’s going to be a real shock to everybody.” “
The man said he would be careful when picking the fish to ensure it wasn’t a dead one, and he had to take some precautions when fishing with the fish. “
If it’s alive it’s going to be a real shock to everybody.”
The man said he would be careful when picking the fish to ensure it wasn’t a dead one, and he had to take some precautions when fishing with the fish.
“This is a bit of a gamble, to have a dead thing in the water,” he added.
“It’s just one of those things you don’t know what’s going on.”
He said he did not expect the butterfly to be caught again.
“That’s the thing, it’s not that it would be bad, it might be good,” Fisher said.
The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage said the butterfly had not been found by a local fisherman, and the fish had been reported as a dead specimen.
“As this was reported as dead, the Department has been asked to assist the fisherman with any investigation necessary,” a spokesman said.