Imagine Kevin Wong’s excitement when told he had caught a potential world record fish.

Imagine his dismay when told what he had caught was a different fish altogether.

Now imagine his feelings when told last week the fish he had caught still would become an International Game Fish Association record, but now it would be the inaugural world record for a species just recognized by the organization.

It’s been a whirlwind for the Virginia Beach angler, who caught his fish in October.

At first, Wong’s catch was identified as a Darwin’s Slimehead, a giant goggle-eyed, goldfish-looking critter found in the depths of the ocean along the Norfolk Canyon.

At 8 pounds, 5 ounces, it easily topped the slimehead record – a 7-8 fish caught in 2008 by

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