nc fish

Just in time to freak out the Memorial Day crowds that pack onto the beaches at Nags Head, heart of  the barrier island where I have vacationed many times, comes this story from WABF. A surfer dude found this weird fish that had washed ashore, and he photographed it.

Because of its appearance and its long and very high dorsal fin biologists…believe the fish is a lancetfish… Lancetfish have large mouths and sharp teeth and are typically known to be deepwater fish… Very little is known about the lancetfish’s biology…

This we do know. With its eel-like body and piranha head and teeth, that is one strange- looking critter.

Photo: Leif Rasmussen