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Bizarre deep-sea creature has washed up on a Texas beach, puzzles park rangers

Photographer Edie Bresler was scanning the beach for hidden treasures, when he spotted the big-eyed fish.

(Yann HUBERT)

A strange-looking fish that lives at the bottom of the sea shocked Texas park rangers when they are washed up on Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi last week.

Photographer Edie Bresler was scanning the beach for hidden treasures, when he spotted the big-eyed fish. With his bumpy skin and wide mouth, Bresler was not exactly what he was looking for. So he quickly took his camera and started snapping.

“I’ve got beachcombing all my life so to come across something strange like this-it was quite exciting,” Bresler explains in a Facebook post on Thursday. “It was even better when I took the photos to the park rangers and they were equally baffled.”

Bresler sent his pictures to officials at Padre Island National Seashore. After carefully studying the creature and comparing the images of the fish in various scientific books, they determine it was a thick tail batfish.

“These fish come from 600-1200 metres (180-365 meters deep, where the ocean life gets WEIRD,” the park posted on Facebook, including two photos taken by Bresler. “Batfish make use of their chest, or side-fins as “legs” to “crawl” on the ocean floor to feed on worms, small crustaceans and fish. They live their lives in complete darkness, where big eyes will probably come in handy to prevent lanternfish, or other potential predators.”

The rare find tickled “the science nerd who lives happily in me,” said Bresler, adding that the fish reminded him of a creature from “black lagoon.” Unfortunately, he added, it was too late to save the fish.

Padre Island National Seashore is a national park that protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, grasslands,” according to the website.

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