But you should see the size of the ones that got away
March 3, 2014 6:06 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (32 comments total)
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"Adjusting for time of year, and after checking and measuring 1,275 different trophy fish, she found that in the 1950s, the biggest fish in the photos were typically over 6 feet — sometimes 6 feet 5 inches long. By the time we get to 2007, when Loren bought a ticket on a deep sea day cruise and snapped this picture ...... the biggest fish were averaging only a foot, or maybe a little over. That's a staggering change. The biggest fish on display in 2007 was a shark, and sharks, Loren calculated, are now half the size they used to be in the '50s. As to weight, she figured the average prizewinner dropped from nearly 43.8 pounds to a measly 5 pounds — an 88 percent drop. Radiolab reports on how the average trophy fish caught at Florida's Key West has shrunk considerably since the fifties
The story is based on research done by Loren McClenachan
(PDF), using historical fishing photographs from Key West's Monroe County Library. Because the same trophy board had been used since 1956 and was still in use in 2007, when McClenachan did her research, she was able to make accurate measurements using these pictures.