Thursday morning brought in a big surprise for 18 fishermen from Arockiyapuram near Kanyakumari as they netted four giant sized ‘Ray’ fish, locally known as ‘thirukka.’

They ventured into the sea in a mechanised boat belonging to Biju of Thoothur on October 7. They had cast their fishing nets, just 50 nautical miles away from Kanyakumari.

Much to their surprise, after reaching the shore they could not bring in the catch. A crane was used to bring it to the shore as each fish weighed about one tonne. Speaking to The Hindu , president of Arockiyapuram Fishermen Co-operative Union Leen said it was a rare species and it supposedly had medicinal values. The fish also had a high value in local and international markets, he added.