A rarely seen cannibal fish that usually lives in the depths of the Atlantic caused a stir last week, when it washed up on a North Carolina beach.
The Lancetfish, a mysterious species that has a set of terrifying fangs, and can grow to more than 6ft long, was spotted near Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head Beach.
This kind of fish is something you probably would not want to see while lounging on the beach.
The Lancetfish has a long history, dating back 11 to 16 million years ago, biologists say. It is the only survivor of the genus Alepisaurus, or scaleless lizard.
Living at the ocean’s great depths, it swims in most waters outside of polar regions and likes eating shrimp, other crustaceans, and occasionally another Lancetfish.
It’s an open ocean fish that is rarely seen near shore. Most people will never see one in their lifetime.
The fish has long, high dorsal fins and can actually grow to more than six feet long. Their jaws have several long fang-like teeth, as well as several smaller teeth.
It’s unusual, watery muscles are poorly suited for long-distance swimming, so it likely ambushes it’s prey.
Wikipedia: Lancetfishes are large oceanic predatory fishes in the genus Alepisaurus (“Scaleless lizard”), the only living genus in the family Alepisauridae.
Lancetfishes grow up to 2 m (6.6 ft) in length. Very little is known about their biology, though they are widely distributed in all oceans, except the polar seas.
Specimens have been recorded as far north as Greenland. They are often caught as by-catch for vessels long-lining for tuna.
The generic name is from Greek a- meaning “without”, lepis meaning “scale”, and sauros meaning “lizard”.
Rare Cannibal LANCETFISH With Fangs Washes Up On Beach.