38 Huge Catfish Caught in Pripyat

Huge Catfish Caught in Pripyat

Posted on July 15, 2010 by team


A huge catfish (2m, 50kg) was caught by a woman in Pripyat right in the Fisher’s Day.


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38 Responses to “Huge Catfish Caught in Pripyat”

  1. Unknown says:

    Wait, they still live there?

    • eger_666 says:


      • MarkLenders says:

        Oh well Eger know everything!
        Come on, please, stop pretending to know Pripyat just because you’ve played Stalker

        It is time to stop pretending to be an expert of the world when the only other place than your bedroom that you see in your sad life is the bathroom of your home.

        Go out from that dark room that smells of Smegma, weight loss and find some friends that are real and not made of pixels.

        Eger, visit our amazing planet with its mountains, its hills, its wonderful sea and its modern metropolis.

        Enjoy your miserable life Eger.

        • Analytic says:

          Mrk Lenders, can you also please give me some advice about my internet addiction, how do i get more motivation to do other things?

        • Cranberry says:

          … oh… i wouldn’t say there is not much radiation

          and Pripyat is known for it’s huge catfish, and it is huge right beacause of radiation

          and visiting Chernobyl is not a thing worth being proud of, it only prooves that you are thoughtless and you underestimate the harm of radiation

  2. Belarus228 says:

    im also confused as to why they’re fishing in Pripyat

  3. From finland with love says:

    Wow! Now that’s a big catfish but hey..that’s what you get if you fish in the river that was used as a coolant reservoir for the infamous Chernobyl nuclear powerplant. That catfish gotta be..mmm..radioactive? Nice dose of radioactive debris!

    But nice fish anyway, just don’t prepare it for food.

    Amazing still how nature recovers after direct human influence in some region disappears. Catfishes of that size are really rare in European rivers due to pollution and chemicals..During the past 24 years that river has provided sanctuary for that large fish :)

  4. Indy75 says:

    Does it glow in the night ?

  5. Jim-Bob says:

    I have to wonder how safe eating fish from the zone of exclusion would be. I mean, the bottom of the river would have to be contaminated with heavy metals and should be quite unsafe for human consumption. Catfish are bottom feeders, if memory serves, which would make them especially susceptible to ingesting contaminants. Then again, larger than average fish are common in that area and I do wonder how much of their size is because of the lack of human intervention and how much is due to possible exposure to radiation? Plus, do any of them have three eyes that blink in sequence?

  6. DavidDerKlabauter says:

    cooling water from nuclear power plants is usually not contaminated, if they have a secondary cooling circuit. you don’t contaminate water by just exposing it to radiation.
    the main problem is the temperature of the water: if you dump it into a river, it will raise the river’s water temperature, and that will reduce reproductive functions of the fish living in there.
    on the other hand, you never know what else they dumped into that river. also, there might be contaminants from rain, ground water, etc.

  7. your mummy fine says:

    and then the fish said:
    Prashlo vryemia: ya vishu tvayo zhelanie
    Tvayo zhelanie skora ispolnitsa!
    Put zavershon chelavyek
    Tvoj put zavershaetsa
    Tvaya tsel sdis
    Vash nagrazhdienye budet tolka adin

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  9. Ban-me! says:

    Are these fish edible without fearing radiation poisoning?

  10. perristalsis says:

    Amazon catfish: The Wels catfish has also been reputed to kill humans (especially young children), so they do get revenge after all.

  11. Jed118 says:

    Graphite moderator inside! Not for eating!

  12. Testicules says:

    Which one is the fish?

  13. Openeyed says:

    Bah, in Kansas of the good ol’ USA we get catfish (not that variety) so big you can stick your head in their mouths – if you would want to!

  14. Mischlinge says:

    I don’t think I would linger in that water if I were them, might be an even bigger fish lurking around in there.

  15. nisrio says:

    Okie Noodling

  16. kbr says:

    there are no humans there (yes they are, but you know what i mean) So the fish can grow. By eating that fish your belly is full and you do not have to use light in the dark; so those problems are solved. So all is good and I do not understand some people :)

  17. Boritz says:

    Why are so many concerned that fish is radio-active? Fishing activity in alienation zone is prohibited, so conclusion is that the monster-fish was caught elsewhere IN THE PRIPYAT RIVER. Pripyat is quite long river, and is actively used for transport and recreation along most of its length, notably in Belarus which is upstream from site of unfortunate power plant malfunction.

  18. Valery says:

    That’s not a big one… in Volga they are _really_ big.

  19. Wraith says:

    Why would you want to eat a catfish? They taste like what they eat. MUD! And the location is also another cause of concern. As other posters said, the bottom of the river is probably contaminated with heavy metals and other pollutants. And a catfish that size would be at the top of the food chain.

  20. are you kidding says:

    Throw in some ongion and vadak nd a hole in the groud and cook e]weel for some time and feast .

  21. blah says:

    That’s a normal size for a catfish, I’ve seen one over 70kg, and it wasn’t near a radioactive wasteland either

    • Troy says:

      Yeah, that’s nuthin – back in FL, we have catfish twice that size. We slip them the love too, fishy but good. Watch for the bones in your pecker, be gentle

  22. Orignal Kirov says:

    Why would the river be contaminated? Vast majority of the concrete blocks blown away by Chernobyl were filled with radioactive metals that had only a short half-life.

    or so I think???

  23. Jackie Myson says:

    Wow, no doubt thats the biggest catfish I ever seen.


  24. Johnathan says:

    woah that’s huge!

  25. Jonny says:

    catfish with elephant cock

  26. That’s a huge catfish.

    Soendoro Soetanto

    • Jack says:

      That’s not as big as you could catch in Russian rivers, though the bigger ones are not valued as a good food source (too much fat). However, the catfish of the size on the picture are considered a delicacy in Russia. Russians, unlike the anglos, know a lot of tasty recipes for cooking fish, smoking it, making soups, etc. I want to cry every time I see all that fish sold in a typical US supermarket. Americans for most part have very simple, limited, and unexciting fish cuisine.

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