Terrifying lancetfish with fangs washes ashore in NC

Terrifying lancetfish with fangs washes ashore in NC

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Terrifying lancetfish with fangs washes ashore in NC

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by NICK SCHWARTZ / USA Today

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 8:09 AM

A rare, deep-sea fish washed ashore in Nags Head, North Carolina, last Monday.

The fish was identified as a lancetfish, which can grow up to 6.6 feet in length and possesses sharp fang-like teeth. The lancetfish belongs to the Alepisauridae family, which is Greek for “scaleless lizard.” Not much is known about the fish, but scientists believe lancetfish to be cannibalistic in nature.

The fish was released back into the water after a few photos were taken, according to WAVY 10.

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