A man on a California beach thought he saw a jellyfish. It was a rare deep-sea monster.
A man saw something out of a nightmare when a deep sea monster washed up on a San Diego beach.
According to KGTVJay Beiler was strolling Black’s Beach on November 13 when he spotted a scary fish he thought was a jellyfish.
Further examination revealed it to be a Pacific footballfish – a fish that lives in the Pacific Ocean at depths of 2,000 to 3,300 feet where sunlight does not penetrate, according to California Academy of Sciences.
They have sharp inward-pointing teeth, and some male footballfish attach to females as “sex parasites,” losing all their eyes and internal organs except the testicles, according to the site.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Beiler said. told NBC San Diego. “You know, I go to the beach quite often, so I know the territory well, but I’ve never seen an organism as creepy as this.”
Pacific footballfish are among the species of anglerfish that can grow to over 3 feet in length and weigh up to 110 pounds, according to National Geographic.
Ben Frable, collections manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told NBC San Diego that the last time a member of his species was found on a San Diego beach was in 2001.
He told the outlet that he planned to find the football fish seen by Beiler, but crabs and seagulls likely got to the deep-sea creature first.
“We don’t know much about the biology of these fish, and that’s one of the reasons we’d like people to let us know when they find one on the beach so we can potentially learn one. bit more,” Frable told NBC San. Diego.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rare Deep Sea Monster Fish Washes Up On San Diego Beach