A ‘potential record’ eel has been found during a fish survey by the Environment Agency on the River Thames at Richmond, Surrey.
The specimen measured an almighty 139cm, and according to length-to-weight conversion charts the fish would weigh around 12lb 10oz.
This would obliterate the current British record of 11lb 2oz, caught by Steve Terry back in 1978 from Kingfisher Lake in Hamshire. The eel record is the longest-standing on the British freshwater list.
EA Fisheries Officer Joe Northgarden said that he was reluctant to reveal the exact weight of this fish because the EA “doesn’t want people to be targeting it.” The fish was returned unharmed to the water.