Last month, some fishermen were sailing down the Los Cabos coast of Mexico. One of the fishermen Jaime Rendon caught a bloated, pink-hued sea creature.
The fishermen were taken aback by its terrified look. Other fishermen said it was an alien creature. It made researchers to sit up and take notice when they saw its pictures on Facebook page.
Read on to know the details.
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On March 28, 2017, when Jaime was sailing with one of his clients Dr Prescado almost a mile away from the shore, they spotted the fish and captured it.
The odd looking creature received 500 shares on twitter within hours of posting it. As their Facebook page suggested, it was pulled out from a depth of 370 feet and took four minutes to bring it to surface.
When Chuck Bangley, a researcher at East Carolina University, saw the Facebook pictures, he presumed it to be a swell shark. After watching the pictures, he also thought that this shark could be an albino with unusual light colour, which belongs to cat shark species.
After seeing the fish, it struck Bangley that sharks have 10-14 gill slits.
Unlike what Jaime observed, this swell shark had only three-gill slits on each side of its head with three rows of tiny teeth.
Bangley after observing it closely said these kinds of sharks have small gill slits or are compressed really close together. Or, an anomaly can also be presumed in the case.
After the Pacific Research Center got hold of the photographs, its Director Dr David A Ebert confirmed that it is a swell shark.
It is found along the coast of California or Southern Mexico. It seldom happens to wash up on the waters of Chile.