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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.

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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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