Mother Nature really got weird when she concocted this bizarre underwater creature. A Nags Head, N.C. man caught a fish with rows of human-like teeth.
This isn’t the same breed of triggerfish with toothy, Bratz doll lips that made the rounds on the internet months ago. On August 3, fisherman Nathan Martin caught the nine-pounder known as a sheepshead fish for its resemblance to a sheep’s muzzle. It’s also sometimes called a “convict fish” due to its black and white stripes. Jennette’s Pier, where the fish was captured, posted a photo of the bizarre creature on Facebook.
Martin held the sheepshead fish with its mouth open to reveal rows of teeth that looked too much like human molars and incisors for comfort.
“What a human face,” one person commented.
“RUN!” another wrote.
“Creepy… very creepy,” a user said.
While sheepshead fish are often hunted for sport, they are actually edible fish.
“It’s a very good fight when you’re fighting on the line, it’s a really good catch, and it tastes very good,” Martin said according to BBC.
Sheepshead fish developed their enamel-coated teeth for similar reasons to humans — to be able to crush food, like shellfish, mollusks and crustaceans. They typically develop three rows of teeth on their upper jaw and two rows in their lower jaw. Full-grown sheepshead fish can become up to three feet long, so this one was actually relatively small.
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