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Catching a Leviathan
By Annie Tisdale
Fishing is a hobby to some and to others, a sport. However, there are those whose life revolves around the sea and the hunt for the most marvelous catch. Commercial fishing can be very lucrative if you happen to capture a large Bluefin tuna, the most expensive of which sold for $1.8 million dollars! There’s a huge market for exotic or rare sea dwelling creatures and where there’s demand, there’s money to be made. With the right catch, a person could be set for life. But, for many a fisherman, the honor and fame bestowed upon one for capturing one of the most rare beasts of the sea is more a matter of pride than the purse.
Perhaps you’re wondering, “How can I get in on this?” Whether for fame or fortune, the answer is the same: The Leviathan.
The myth of the Leviathan is as old as known history. Several cultures bare record to its immense size and fierce behavior. Its description in biblical scriptures is that of a colossal monster with scales so tightly knit together that an arrow or sword couldn’t avail to pierce its hide. Its teeth are so numerous and sharp and its limbs and form, so long and elegant.
Scylla or Hydra or whichever name you might choose to call it by, there’s no doubting that one of these bad boys would fetch a pretty penny and considerable prestige. So, how does one go about catching the darn thing?
Well, you’re going to need a bigger boat.
This is not a creature that can be hooked on a fishing line and reeled in. And if you attempt to cut off one head, two new heads may grow out from the stump. You can’t shoot it or cut it by any conventional means and it would break through a net as easily as if it were tissue paper. You’ll need to use more remarkable methods.
Here’s what you’ll need to catch a Leviathan:
1. Bigger boat. Check.
2. Mile-wide carbon fiber nano-tube fishing net
3. Deep-sea radar
4. Several large rocket-propelled, diamond-tipped harpoons
Once you have your sea monster in the radar’s sight, the next move is to fire the harpoons directly at the heart. You won’t need a lure for the Leviathan. If you see it, it’s already seen you and will be on the attack soon enough. The hardest part should be getting the net around it.
If you’re still alive, then be proud! You’ve accomplished what only a few ancient heroes of legend have done. Who knows how much a sea monster would fetch in an Asian fish market. But, with a fish so exotic, you’ll most likely never want for a material thing in your life again and surely there will be many sushi connoisseurs enjoying Leviathan sashimi for years to come.