Huge sturgeon pulled by oxen

77 CEItaly

“This fish groweth so fat with ease and lying still, that otherwiles it weigheth a thousand pounds: and being taken with a great hooke fastened and linked to a chaine, cannot be drawne forth of the river but with certaine yokes of oxen.”

Pliny The Elder

C. Plinius Secundus The Historie of the World, Book IX, translated by Philemon Holland (1601), 234-270.

Image: Van Haecken, Arnoldus. Still Life of Fish on Rocks with Large Sturgeon in Centre. Digital image. The British Museum, 1869,1211.92. 1734-1736.