A rarely seen, strange-looking sea creature that washed up on a Texas beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been identified as a type of eel, reports said on Thursday.
According to reports, Preeti Desai, who is working with the US conservation non-government organisation National Audubon Society, saw the carcass on a beach in Texas City.
“I’ve already got a huge interest in wildlife, especially birds and ocean creatures, but it was so unexpected to see it there on the beach.
“On first glance it looked like something from the deep sea to me.
“My initial thought was it might be a sea lamprey but when I got close I realised 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 she posted photos of the fanged creature on Twitter on Sep 7, with the question “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?”