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Giant Salmon is a mystery fish of Lake Hanas, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. Red fish similar to the taimen but five times as large. Length, up to 33 feet. Head, 3 feet across. Spiny dorsal rays. Tail fins. Causes huge waves. Said to feed on cattle and sheep.

Significant sightings[]

Biologist Xiang Lihao and his students visited the lake in July 1985 and photographed a school of some sixty of these fishes. However, the photos have apparently never been published.

Three 13-foot specimens were reported by fishermen in July 1988.

Possible explanation[]

  • Enormous species of Taimen (Hucho taimen), a large, freshwater salmon that resembles a pike or muskellunge and normally only grows to 6 feet long.