Thursday, February 24, 2005

Reward Offered for Melbourne 'Loch Ness' Eel

The operators of a trout farm are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches Melbourne's own Loch Ness monster.

A giant eel, believed to be around four metres long with a head the size of a football has been spotted at the trout farm at Warburton.

It is believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this month's record breaking storms.

Farm manager Gary Wales says efforts to catch the giant creature have so far been unsuccessful.

"We don't want it harmed, this things probably 30-years-old, and he's come here probably by mistake and he's found himself a good little home and plenty of food," he said.

"We hope to catch him alive and take him to the Melbourne Aquarium."

He says he has never heard of such a large eel before.

"No. Maybe it's Nessy, Nessy's offspring maybe, who knows, but no, it's a big eel."