|Dragon fish which is said to bring luck and wealth to its owrners is a favourite ornamental fish. - File Photo
CAN THO - Two people in southern Vinh Long Province caught a 1.7-metre long dragon fish weighing nearly 50 kilos in the Hau River, near the Ninh Kieu pier in Can Tho City on Wednesday.
After catching the fish, they killed it and prepared it for sale, not thinking to preserve it as an ornamental trophy.
The dragon fish was subsequently buried in Ba Chua Xu Temple yesterday, attracting large crowds wanting to inspect the dragon fish. Many said they wished the fish was still alive, as it was such a natural marvel.
According to the owner of an ornamental fish outlet, dragon fish are often fed to bring luck and wealth, so the find had also stirred the attention of traders in the area.
Dragon fish are a popular variety of domestic fish, with their small head, large, round body and red scales, their dragon-like look has become highly sought after. - VNS