Mysterious sea monster found in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Sea monster washed up in texas
The animal's identity baffled many online. Photo credit: Twitter/@Preetalina

Photographer Preetalina Desai turned to Twitter to identify a frightening creature she found washed ashore in Texas City.  

"Ok, biology twitter, what the heck is this?" she captioned the images.

Suggestions for the animal's identity ranged from a prehistoric dinosaur to congratulating Mrs Desai for 'finding Dori'.  

Eventually the scientific community provided a consensus: the fierce looking creature was most likely a fanged tooth snake-eel, otherwise known as a 'tusky' eel.  

These animals are usually found in much deeper Atlantic waters, from 30 to 90 meters, but it is believed the strong winds and flooding from Hurricane Harvey brought it to shore.

"It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore," Ms Desai told the BBC.

She said the eel has been left to "let nature take its course".



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