Every time I catch an Acanthopagrus australis, commonly known as a yellowfin bream, I wonder why its name is prounced "brim", (as in the same way you would pronounce the brim of a hat).
Merriam-Webster does list the secondary pronunciation, /brēm/. However, when I first uttered the word in that manner, I was immediately admonished by at least three people who were within earshot, and quickly learnt that fishermen (or at the very least, Australian ones,) always say /brɪm/.
Why is this the case? Does it have something to do with the way in which the name was derived?