a very strange catch indeed

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he’d caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator.

Frilund, 64, has spent his spare time fishing in the waters around his home town of Eidsbygda, western Norway, for as long as he can remember. But this is the first time he’s heard of fish swallowing discarded sex aids.

“I was astonished,” he told The Local. “It was totally unexpected. I had never seen anything like this before.”

His theory is that the cod, which weighed upwards of five kilograms, mistook the vibrator for a tasty cephalopod.

“Fish eat all kinds of different things,” he told The Local. “And the dildo looks like what the fish eat. We have a kind of multi-coloured octopus in Norway, maybe the cod thought this was one of these and ate it.”

Nonetheless, he told the Åndalsnes Avis newspaper, which first reported the story here, that it was amazing that such an unusual object was even there for the fish to swallow.

He speculated that the machine, which still had a small motor at one end, had been tossed off a boat, perhaps by “a frustrated woman on a cruise” in the Barents Sea.

“The chances of winning the lottery are probably greater,” he said.

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