Pike Place monkfish back, scary as ever, fake

Pike Place monkfish back, scary as ever, fake

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If you've been to Pike Place Market you've seen the show over at the Fish Company. They toss salmon about, wrap up crab in seconds, and for years, they gave out free fun loving scares to anyone who got too close to an ugly, big mouth fish.

They could pull a string on unsuspecting visitors getting close ups of a monkfish on ice. The monkfish would spring forward and shocked visitors would jump back and usually break out in embarrassed laughter.

 It was a good gag that came to a sudden end when managers at the Pike Place Fish Company discovered monk fish are harvested off the floor of the Atlantic by bottom trawlers, a practice considered reckless and inefficient by ocean protection groups like the Seattle Aquarium.

The Company serves only fish caught by sustainable practices, so it stopped selling monk fish and the mischievous mascot was gone.

But today the thrill is back.

A monk fish is again startling visitors who recoil in laughter filled fright, but this fish is a fraud. Pacific Studio in Seattle made a mold of an actual monk fish and produced a Hollywood-style fake. Its skin appears slimy and real and it boasts the same menacing teeth and eyes of the real thing.

It's a faux fish on a mission to frighten in a friendlier way.

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