BULLETIN OF THE UNITED STATES FISH COMMISSION. 1884
What codfish sometimes swallow
I send by today's express a knife, apparently of the kind known as a "haddock ripper," which was taken from the stomach of a large cod fish on Le Have Bank. The knife was presented by Captain Henry McEachern, of the schooner A. F. Gifford, of this port, through Capt. Benjamin F. Blatchford. Captain McEachern stated to me that the knife was found in the stomach of a 45 pound cod which was caught this winter on a trawl-line, in about 55 to 60 fathoms of water, latitude 43 degrees 08' north, longitude 64 degrees 11' west. As Captain McEachern is considered very reliable, there is no reason for doubting the correctness of his statement, though it does seem strange that a fish should swallow such an implement.
GLOUCESTER, MASS., January 26, 1884.