Following Hurricane Harvey, a peculiar aquatic creature washed up on a beach in Texas City, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston. The creature was originally discovered by twitter user @preetalina, who tweeted a picture asking if anyone, especially those with zoology knowledge, knew what the creature was.
Here’s what the creature looked like:
— Preeti Desai🌿 (@preetalina) September 6, 2017
The images instantly went viral and received lots of responses from her followers and other intrigued Twitter users. One qualified responded, University of Washington fisheries sciences professor Adam Summers, said that the creature was identifiable “due to skin coloration, the body shape, the teeth and the shape of the jaw they are in.”
Biologist Dr. Kenneth Tighe suggests that there is a high probability the animal is a fangtooth snake-eel. The fangtooth snake-eel, known as Aplatophis chauliodus, is usually found in western Atlantic ocean waters in depths around 100 to 300 feet. It can’t be confirmed if the creature washed up on the beach as a direct result of the hurricane.
Others poked fun at the alarming photos:
— Cuban Avenger (@CubanAvenger) September 14, 2017
ITS A MYSTERY ALIEN MONSTER SCIENTISTS ARE BAFFLED HIDE YOUR KIDS HIDE YOUR WIFE AHHHHHHHH
— Dr. David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) September 7, 2017
This sea creature discovery brings back memories of other puzzling animals that have washed up on beaches. Most notably, the Montauk Monster, which washed up on a Long Island, New York beach in 2008. It became an internet sensation due to its bizarre and creepy looking attributes.
Remember the Montauk Monster? pic.twitter.com/CP0EuRBgqQ
— (Eric) (@AgeOfMyself) August 9, 2017
What are your thoughts on this discovery? Have you ever come across something that looked similar? Let us know in the comments!
— Peter Amirata