A peculiar fish with teeth resembling those of a human has been stumbled upon by a deep-sea fisherman. Instagram users have likened it to a “monster”.
Roman Fedortsov, a trawler hailing from Murmansk in Northwest Russia, has dedicated his professional life to uncovering uncharted and undocumented sea creatures. Spending extensive periods at sea, he shares snapshots of these eerie fish with his 650,000 followers on his Instagram account (@rfedortsov_official_account).
His most recent discovery is as perplexing as his usual finds. The image captures a massive fish with black and grey spots, adorned with sizable fins. Notably, its mouth features numerous substantial teeth, including what seem to be molars.
Roman correctly identified the creature as a type of wolf eel, and he shared a disconcerting video of the finding with his audience. The video amassed an impressive 198,000 views and 7,800 likes, accompanied by a multitude of comments.
In the footage, the eel is depicted lying flat before Roman proceeds to open its mouth, revealing the fish’s densely packed jaw. The caption of the post read: “You can never have too many teeth. Especially the toothy teeth!”
One Instagram user commented: “Smile, Darling! You’re on candid camera! Magnificent creature!” Another added: “Wolf eels like to eat hard-shelled animals like crabs and clams and are not exactly as ferocious as they look, they apparently also mate for life. They only seem to bite if you bother them.”
A third wrote: “First glance I thought it was a mutant seal… Bro, the stuff that you pull up from the deep is absolutely unbelievable,” said Todd.
“(screams) (faints) (thud),” joked a further Instagram user. One other user added: “This fish taste very good. Even if it looks like monster.” Another commented: “Looks like 4 rows of dog teeth.”
Wolf eels have a lifespan of up to 20 years and can reach lengths of up to 2.4 meters. These creatures inhabit the frigid waters of the North Pacific Ocean, spanning from California to the Sea of Japan, and can be found at depths of approximately 200 meters below the surface.