After the hurricane – a sea creature
A LADY went for a walk along a beach in Texas last week in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Preeti Desai was enjoying a saunter on the sands of Texas City when she spotted something in the distance.
Was it part of a washed-up tree?
As she got closer, she realised this was no piece of driftwood.
This was a scaly creature with huge fangs in its mouth and a tail as long as its body, which looked to be about six or seven feet long.
Preeti took a few pictures and posted them online, asking biologists if they knew what it was.
Eel specialist Dr Kenneth Tighe got in touch. He believed it to be a fangtooth snake-eel, usually found between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic Ocean.
It’s certainly not what you expect to see between the seaweed and sea-shells!