What on earth is this mys­te­ri­ous EYELESS sea crea­ture with ra­zor-sharp teeth?

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Hur­ri­cane Harvey didn’t just dis­place peo­ple, it dis­placed sea crea­tures too. Preeti De­sai of the Na­tional Au­dobon So­ci­ety took to Twit­ter for help iden­ti­fy­ing a mys­te­ri­ous crea­ture she found washed onto a Texas City beach af­ter Hur­ri­cane Harvey. The ap­par­ently eyeless dead an­i­mal sported a mouth of ra­zor-sharp teeth and a large cylin­der­shaped body. ‘On first glance it looked like some­thing from the deep sea to me. My ini­tial thought was it might be a sea lam­prey but when I got close I re­al­ized there was no way that was what it was, par­tic­u­larly based on the mouth,’ De­sai said. So De­sai posted the pic­tures on Twit­ter and asked bi­ol­o­gists for help. The bi­ol­o­gists who re­sponded to De­sai’s post be­lieved that the sea mon­ster was some type of eel, but they had a hard time peg­ging just what kind. The most pop­u­lar opinion was that the an­i­mal was a fang­tooth snake-eel, also known as the tusky eel, which is na­tive to the Gulf of Mex­ico.How­ever, it’s large teeth rule out most species. Pen News/Preti De­sai

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