Af­ter the hur­ri­cane – a sea crea­ture

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - History -

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!

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