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“Stuff of Nightmares”: Internet stunned as man posts photo of deep-sea fish

The unknown fish was 4 kg and was caught 540 meters deep.

An unknown creature named “the ugliest” has been caught in the deep waters of southeastern Australia.

Professional fisherman Jason Moyes, who goes by the moniker trapman Bermagui on social media, roams the mystery monster off the coast of Bermagui’s hometown. Taking to Facebook, he shared a photo of the fish and asked Internet users to help identify it, as both he and the captain of the charter boat had no idea what the fish might have been.

Take a look at the photo here.

In the caption, Mr. Moyes wrote, “I’m pretty sure it’s a blobfish??? Caught in deep water, east of Bermagui. Probably the ugliest fish I’ve ever seen. Apparently good food.”

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The fish appears a mottled pinkish-brown. His eyes stick out the sides of his head, and his massive mouth, which occupies most of his face, has rows of sharp teeth. The monster animal can still be seen inside its mouth for the bait fish.

talking to newsweekMr Moyes said the fish was 4 kg and was caught 540 meters deep.

Ever since it was shared, the image of the unidentified fish has stunned internet users. In the comments section, while some agreed with Mr Moyes that the fish could be a blobfish, others put forward other ideas, including monkfish or toadfish. Some users even joked that the fish is “definitely the stuff of nightmares”.

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One user wrote, “I think it’s an anglerfish? There are many types, but they are all terrifying and quite creepy.” Another said, “It’s a monkfish! Apparently the poor man’s lobster!” A third hilarious wrote, “Please put it back in your spaceship,” while a fourth said, “A face only a mother can love.”

Meanwhile, according to James McLane, senior fish curator at London’s Natural History Museum, it is “definitely not a blobfish”. Speaking to the outlet, Mr MacLaine said, “It looks to me a lot like a monkfish—also known as anglerfish—from the family Lophidae.” He also pointed out that the fish has the lure that it uses to catch its prey, just between the eyes.

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