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Fanged creature found on Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey

Fanged creature found on Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey”

Ms Desai, who is a part of the Audubon Society - a non-profit group dedicated to conservation, said she was seeing how extensively Hurricane Harvey had damaged the environemnt when she stumbled upon the creature.

Preeti Desai, a science communicator, found the sinister-looking fish on a beach in Texas City after the storm, and asked Twitter users to help identify it.

She posted several photos with the caption: "Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?"

Answers on Twitter ranged from "the monsters in "Tremors" to "mystery alien", but there were also plenty of serious guesses.

"I follow a lot of scientists and researchers".

Her tweet request reportedly reached biologist and eel specialist, Dr. Kenneth Tighe, who identified it as a fangtooth snake-eel.

The lack of eyes in Desai's photos gave the animal a faceless look, but, according to Earth Touch News, they had likely dried in the sun as one of the first stages of decomposition.

Other possibilities? Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides. "All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth".

Of finding the creature, Desai said she was curious to determine its species.

"I'm not just talking about Houston - that's just where I'm from - but it's devastating".

"It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach".

Visit at the right time and you'll find American Oystercatchers, Brown Pelicans, Least Terns, and more.

So it was a positive that most of the chicks had fledged by the time Harvey hit.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.

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