Recently, Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Texas coast as it swept throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of people were displaced from their homes and lives were sadly lost in the destruction.
Now, as the community begins to rebuild their lives, a strange development has been found on one of the beaches. Pretti Desai was walking along the beach when she discovered the body of a mysterious fanged tooth creature.
Desai was stunned by what she found. She took a photo of the creature and posted it online, asking experts for help in identifying it.
“Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX,” she wrote on September 6.
Ben Frable, an expert from U.C. San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, identified it as a fang tooth snake-eel. He says they sometimes wash up on beaches, though the timing was particularly interesting given the recent hurricane.
According to biologist and eel specialist Dr. Kenneth Tighe, there’s a high probability the animal is a fangtooth snake-eel, but it could also be a garden or conger eel. "All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth," he told the BBC.
The eels are usually found in water roughly 90-270 feet deep. They are most often found in the western Atlantic Ocean as well.
So, before you casually take a dip in the Atlantic next time, make sure you know that insane creatures like this could be just below you! That’s enough to keep most people out of the water!
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