Man for size: Viral photo shows giant mackerel at Tai Po market

A Facebook user posted the picture on a group called “Hong Kong market seafood research.” Photos: Facebook/Wingfung Keung (left), Apple Daily (right)
A Facebook user posted the picture on a group called “Hong Kong market seafood research.” Photos: Facebook/Wingfung Keung (left), Apple Daily (right)

As a market stall in Mei Foo wowed the internet with a monstrous 12-foot-long eel, another seafood hawker got its hands on a similarly viral catch.

A Facebook user posted a picture on a group called “Hong Kong market seafood research” last week showing a man lying next to a giant mackerel just as tall as he is.

Wearing black rubber boots, the man has his hands comically covered over his eyes, as if shamed by the sheer size of the gargantuan fish.

“One slice would be enough to feed me for a week,” One wrote under the post. 

Others joked about the photo’s creative composition. “The fish on the left hand side looks like a man,” A Facebook user quipped.

Another one said: “How much is the one on the left?” 

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According to a marine database run by the city’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the Chinese mackerel, also known as Chinese seerfish, is a large fish, though not usually greater than two meters long. It can be found in waters near Japan, China, and Vietnam.

Chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Seafood Merchants Limited Lee Choi-wah told local media that the Chinese mackerel is one of the largest species in the mackerel family. 

As the weather in the South China Sea begins to warm up, Lee added, bigger fish like the Chinese mackerel are normally more active hunting for prey. Chinese mackerel is usually prepared by frying or braising, according to Lee.

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