Fork-Tailed Cat Fish

Very active at night, this is one of the largest freshwater fish found in Australia. Below owner of Ausyfish, Bruce Sambell catches a monster catfish in the Mitchell River in Far North Queensland. These fish have very sharp serrated spines on their pectoral and dorsal fins. this is why this fish is landed by a good firm grip on its lower jaw. The fish is struggling wildly so it is held well away from the body to avoid being speared by the spines. The spines cause a painful sting that lasts for hours. The pain of the sting can be eased considerably by applying a towel or any material which has been wet with very hot water, as hot as you can stand without being burnt.

And yes.......they are also reasonably good to eat.

The babies of this species are a very popular aquarium fish. They will eventually grow big, but this takes many years in the aquarium.