When a strange fanged creature washed up on a beach in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, Preeti Desai, who found it, was so astounded, she posted the photos on Twitter and asked for help identifying the decaying fish.
Preeti posted several photos and below came the caption:
“Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?”
Of course, the creature’s photos went viral, and according to the Twitter chain of explanations, biologist and eel specialist Dr. Kenneth Tighe responded stating he thought is a fangtooth snake-eel. He did say it might also have been a garden or conger eel – since “all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.” Also known as a “tusky eel,” the species is usually found in deep water in the western Atlantic ocean.
Preeti was very curious when she saw the creature – obviously having been washed up to the beach after the hurricane by the strong winds, and since she had never seen anything like it, was very eager to find out what it was. She posted the photos on Twitter knowing that many scientists do follow the social media accounts as she follows many researchers also.
The eel was left on the beach “to let nature take its course.”
(Photos of fanged creature that washed on shore via Twitter)
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