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2018-08-18T10:25:48+05:30

Pure Ghol: Gift From The Sea

Almost three days at sea on Sai Laxmi, their small boat, fishermen brothers Mahesh and Bharat Meher were returning to shore on the Mumbai-Palghar coastline with the usual catch—a few pomfrets and other fish—when there was a heavy tug  in the net. They pulled up to see what they had stumbled upon…wait, had the sea given up a precious parting gift—why it was a whole 30 kilos of sea gold, the Ghol fish, aka the Blackspotted Croaker, aka the Protonibea Diacanthus, one of the most expensive marine animals! As soon as they hit shore, news spr­­ead like wildfire. It took only 20 minutes  for an auction to be arranged at the bazaar. The closing price settled at Rs 5.5 lakh, brought by a merchant to be sold off in bits to respective industries: the collagen-rich skin for cosmetics, the fin for dissolvable stitches, omega 3, vitamin C, etc.


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