A very mysterious and scary looking sea creature has washed ashore in Texas City, Texas. It’s long and round and has a row of razor sharp teeth in it’s mouth. Onlookers tried to decide what the creature is. Harvey was sucking up water out of the gulf and the creature must have been drawn to shore with the hurricane. A few biologists have initially identified it as a fangtooth snake-eel . Many other were noncommittal, although most agreed that it was some type of fish.
‘On first glance it looked like something from the deep sea to me,’ Desai said. ‘My initial thought was it might be a sea lamprey but when I got close I realized there was no way that was what it was, particularly based on the mouth.
‘We squished it around a bit, and even turned it over but couldn’t come up with any other ideas.’
So Desai posted the pictures on Twitter and asked biologists for help.
‘This is the kind of thing that’s perfect for Twitter – there are so many scientists and researchers on the platform and they’re very willing to jump in and figure out things like this,’ she said.
The biologists who responded to Desai’s post believed that the sea monster was some type of eel, but they had a hard time pegging just what kind.
‘I mentally smacked my forehead, because once that was suggested I could absolutely see the eel shape,’ Desai said.
The most popular opinion was that the animal was a fangtooth snake-eel, also known as the tusky eel, which is native to the Gulf of Mexico.