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Mamma mia! That's a big fish!

This would seem like another tall tale from a vain fisherman, except it's on camera. It's a good thing it is, too, because if Italian fisherman Dino Ferrari wanted to do the old "I once caught a fish THIS big" trick, he would need a 9-foot arm span.

Ferrari was fishing in Italy's Po River when he snagged this 280-pound catfish. It took him 40 minutes to reel it in, which is longer than he had to spend with the thing after it was on land. That's because (brace yourselves) he threw it back. That's right. Rather than spend the next year enjoying frozen catfish steaks, he chose to unleash this horrifying monster back on the unsuspecting Italian people. He's even keep his fishing spot a secret so no one else can catch it.

Sources: Sportex Italia | CNN | Gawker