STUMBLING across a mammoth dead fish on a peaceful beach walk was not what one shocked couple expected.
The mysterious creature, almost two metres long, was discovered on a beach in Bundaberg, Australia by John and Riley Lindholm.
Baffled, the couple filmed the creature and posted the snaps on social media, asking if anyone else knew what it was.
John said: “I’ve seen a lot of fish, and a lot of big fish, but I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Bizarrely, the entire carcass of the creature is complete, even though it has washed up on the shore.
John and Riley walk all the way around it to make sure they film every angle.
In another odd twist, the pair returned the following day to discover the creature had vanished.
John told ABC News: “‘I’ve seen a lot of fish and its pectoral fin right down near the tail looked a bit odd, sort of looked like it had a joint there, and if it had the same on the other side that could be exactly what it is.”
A spokesperson for the Queensland Fisheries and Boating Patrol said that after much consultation, they had decided the fish was a groper.
They said: “How the fish came to be washed up on the beach and its cause of death also could not be determined.”
The Queensland groper fish is one of the largest fishes to be found on coral reefs.
Catching the fish is banned in Queensland because it is a protected species.
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Fishermen pull up some pretty strange creatures from the depths of the ocean, fish that have legs, creatures that glow in the dark, but this one can go to the top of the list. These seasoned fishermen had never seen anything like it in all their years at sea.
The captain of the tourist fishing boat the Dr. Pescado caught this swollen pink creature on one of their excursions near the Los Cabos coast of Mexico. Other fishermen called it an “alien fish,” but just what on earth was it really?
“I was really surprised but what caused most impact were the eyes, so strange,” Rendon told the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet. He said the fish had “raspy skin, three rows of tiny teeth, and three gill slits on each side of the head.”
“This particular swell shark is cool to see, but with a lot of species, leucism and albinism are anomalous,” said Dr. David Ebert, director of the Pacific Shark Research Center. “In the bigger scheme of things, this discovery highlights a species that tends to be overlooked and not thought about often. Events like this encourage people to think about sharks that might not be on their radar, so I embrace them whenever they come up.”
We all may be happy to know that the swollen pink shark was released back into the ocean to live out the rest of its natural life.
The animal was identified as an albino swellshark, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum.
Cephaloscyllium is a genus of catsharks, commonly known as swellsharks. They have an incredible defense mechanism in which they can inflate their bodies with water or air. These “bizarre-looking” catsharks have spindle-shaped bodies, flattened heads, and mouths with small teeth.
A swellshark (of the non-albino type).
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Japanese fishermen catch HUGE ‘monster’ with gaping mouth from sea near site of Fukushima nuclear disaster
It must be a “lucky day” for these Japanese fishermen, who reeled in a colossal fish off the north coast of the island of Hokkaido, Japan, near Russia. Was this terrifying-looking sea creature a result of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster?
The fishermen were stunned by their gigantic catch. Hiroshi Hirasaka, who often flew to Hokkaido to reel up strange sea animals and had written a book titled “Exotic Fish Species: I Caught, Judged and Tried Eating,” posted a photo of himself “barely holding” the enormous “monster” with a huge gaping mouth on Twitter.
Hirasaka said that this terrifying-looking creature, which they hauled from the ocean, was actually a “bering wolffish.” He wrote: “It was worth flying to [Hokkaido] twice within three months. This guy is super cool.”
The catch is exceptionally prized, as the ferocious-looking wolffish is typically found in the deep sea, in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, thus, rarely swimming near the surface.
On average, the wolffish is around 3 feet long, but apparently, the creature Hiroshi was holding was longer than that. His is believed to be one of the largest wolffish ever recorded in history!
Its exceptionally enormous size has raised questions about mutation caused by radiation, as the creature was caught near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
However, Earth Touch News Network suspected this could be the result of an optical illusion: Hirasaka could have made the fish appear bigger by bringing it closer to the camera lens.
Dr. Timothy Mousseau, a radiation specialist of the University of South Carolina, told IBTimes UK that the giant wolffish is unlikely the result of mutation caused by radiation. “First and foremost simply because usually the effects of mutations are to reduce growth rates to make things smaller,” Mousseau said.