Fishermen catch a mysterious winged green eyed fish off the coast of Newfoundland
The oceans and seas are home to several varieties of exotic marine life forms, some of which may not yet be known to man. Yet, sometimes when it does throw us a tidbit or two, it creates headlines and that’s what happened recently when a mysterious winged green eyed fish was discovered in the sea just off the coast of Newfoundland.
If you thought you’ve seen all there is to see from the mysteries of the deep, then look again because this will baffle you. This green eyed bird like fish is absolutely bizarre.
1 What Fisherman Scott Tanner Found In His Catch Was Freakish and Amazing
It was Scott Tanner, a fisherman who noticed the fish in his catch when he and his crew were fishing in Nova Scotia waters. The fishermen were on a 40 day trip when on the 30th day they spotted something weird and unusual in the catch. “Everybody was just like, ‘Wow, that’s weird, never seen one of those before,” said Tanner.
It was a fish, a long one at that with a pointed nose and long tail. But what baffled the fishermen were the two wings like protrusions projecting from either side of the fish. The weird looking fish was at least 1 meter long.
2 Green Eyes! Pointy Nose and Wings!! Was This an Alien Fish???
Scott Tanner and his crew weren’t exactly after this bizarre creature. They noticed it in the net when fishing for cod and red fish. It wasn’t even moving and they presumed it to be dead. That’s when Scott thought of taking a photo when the fish made it to the sorting conveyor belt.
Its eyes were green and its most unusual characteristics were its long pointy beak and wings which suggested it to be a kind of mutated half fish half bird. It was as if its evolution was lost half way. Perhaps it was meant to evolve into a bird but its genes stopped developing, who knows? It could easily pass off as a mythical creature from the deep.
3 Could Scott Tanner Have Accidentally Caught a Rare Chimaera, the weird Rat Fish?
The freak fish was soon put back at sea but not before Scott took its photos, which he then posted on social media platforms. Upon researching he found it resembled Chimaeras. Chimaeras are sea fish creatures also known as rabbit fish, spook fish or rat fish. They exist deep down in the ocean floor below 8500 feet and they rarely climb up to shallow waters.
In fact the Chimaera which was caught by Scott resembled greatly to the fossils of such creatures which dated 350 million years ago. They are the most unusual looking fish on earth. However even though Chimaeras do look weird, this mysterious winged green eyed fish was possibly the freakish and weirdest one of them all.
4 Chimaeras, a Rare Marine Oddity, Claim Conservationists
Knife nose chimaeras as this one have been determined by conservation specialists to forage for prey in the depths of the ocean. Their diet consists of fish and organisms found on the ocean bed. They locate their prey with the help of electroreceptors on their long pointy snout. Perhaps this is what gives the fish a glowing effect.
Due to their rarity and habitat which makes them live deep in the ocean, not much is known about Chimaeras; such as reproduction, behavior and lifespan.
5 Did Scott Tanner Catch an Alien or a Rare Freak of Nature?
Once Scott posted the photos on social media, the incident immediately went viral with many tabloids even declaring it to be an alien creature. Some described it as a winged creature with glowing eyes. Some felt it was a rare freak of nature.
Whether it was a Chimaera or a new marine species, we may not know. But for Scott Tanner this was a mysterious winged green eyed fish which he will certainly remember for a lifetime.