Fishermen are not new to finding weird stuff in their fishing nets like creatures that glow in the dark fish with legs among other things. But they recently found something that they had never seen anything like it in all their years at sea.
The captain of the tourist fishing boat the Dr. Pescado caught this swollen pink creature on one of their excursions near the Los Cabos coast of Mexico. Other fishermen called it an “alien fish,” but just what on earth was it really?
“I was really surprised but what caused most impact were the eyes, so strange,” Rendon told the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet. He said the fish had “raspy skin, three rows of tiny teeth, and three gill slits on each side of the head.”
“This particular swell shark is cool to see, but with a lot of species, leucism and albinism are anomalous,” said Dr. David Ebert, director of the Pacific Shark Research Center. “In the bigger scheme of things, this discovery highlights a species that tends to be overlooked and not thought about often. Events like this encourage people to think about sharks that might not be on their radar, so I embrace them whenever they come up.”
We all may be happy to know that the swollen pink shark was released back into the ocean to live out the rest of its natural life.
The animal was identified as an albino swellshark, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum.
Cephaloscyllium is a genus of catsharks, commonly known as swellsharks. They have an incredible defense mechanism in which they can inflate their bodies with water or air. These “bizarre-looking” catsharks have spindle-shaped bodies, flattened heads, and mouths with small teeth.
A swellshark (of the non-albino type).