Living dinosaurs? Unidentifiable "prehistoric" fish caught in Florida


A strange-looking fish that many are calling "prehistoric" has been captured in Florida, and researchers are stumped as to what kind of...

A strange-looking fish that many are calling "prehistoric" has been captured in Florida, and researchers are stumped as to what kind of creature it is. Have we discovered a "living dinosaur"?

Images of the bizarre creature surfaced online over the weekend, show a smooth, long body that, unlike most fish, lacks any scales. The eyes protrude out of the top of the creature's head, almost like bubbles, and instead of the usual fins, the fish has a long, eel-like tail at the end of its body.

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A man captured the creature while fishing off the Pensacola Beach Pier and didn't waste any time snapping a few images and calling the wildlife department. Now, a team of biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are using DNA tests to indentify the creature. For now, experts aren't sure whether to classify it as an existing fish (much like the rare, terrifying "vampire fish" captured in North Carolina last week) or an entirely new species.

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So, is the strange animal actually "prehistoric" as many are saying, or is the creature the result of some bizarre mutation? Perhaps it's just a rare species a long way from home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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