Giant salamander China  in cave

We’re gonna need a bigger boat! The largest living amphibian in the word is the Chinese giant salamander.

A i remarkable creature. sometimes called a “living fossil,” belongs to an ancient lineage spanning millions of years.

As reported by the BBC, due to over unting and habitat destruction, the enormous amphibian is almost extinct in the wild. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the giant salamander critically endangered, and says the species has experienced a more than 80 percent population decline over the last 45 years.

Finding a Chinese giant salamander in the wild is thus a marvelous achievement in and of itself —  but finding one that’s more than 200 years old? Well, that may just be a historic event.

As per local media, fisherman in southwest China stumbled upon a giant salamander in a cave last week.

Beast: The rare Chinese giant salamander was picked up from inside a cave in Chongqing, south-west China

Beast: The rare Chinese giant salamander was picked up from inside a cave in Chongqing, south-west China

The fisherman is said to have noticed the creature after accidentally stepping on something “soft and slimy,” per the Huff Post.

The salamander, which was discovered in the city of Chongqing, measures more than 4.5 feet in length and weighs over 100 pounds, China News Network reports.

Scientists say the salamander may be more than two centuries old. This would make the animal much older than other members of its species, which have anaverage lifespan of 80 years in the wild or 55 years in captivity. It would also rank among the oldest living animals on Earth.

Weighty: The 4ft 7in brown monster was then examined by wildlife experts having transferred it to a local pool

Weighty: The 4ft 7in brown monster was then examined by wildlife experts having transferred it to a local pool

The salamander has been transferred to a special research facility for study and protection.

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