Cannibal lancet found on California beach

Long-snouted lancetfish or cannibal fish (Alepisaurus ferox), Alepisauridae, drawing. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

A a bit mysterious fish known to eat its own kind recently washed up on a California shore.

On Friday, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography tweeted about a 4-foot lancetfish that was found on San Diego’s La Jolla Shores last week.

Lancets live between the surface of the ocean and about 6,000 feet deep, according to the tweet.

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The lancet, according to the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are “notorious cannibals” that also eat other fish and invertebrates.

Lancets are also hermaphroditic, meaning they have both male and female sex organs at the same time, according to NOAA.

Lancets don’t seem to start eating their own kind until they reach about 3 feet in length, according to NBC San Diego.

The train station reported that the lancet discovered last week is the 17th lancet discovered by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1947.

Lancets don’t seem to start eating their own kind until they reach about 3 feet in length, according to NBC San Diego.

The station reported that the lancet found last week is the 17th lancet discovered by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1947.

The most recent lancet studied by the institution was found in 1996 in Oceanside, California, according to NBC San Diego.

In addition to the lancet found on Wednesday, the Scripps Institution for Oceanography also tweeted about a Pacific footballfish that washed up on a San Diego beach.

The Pacific football fish is one of the largest species of anglerfish and lives at over 1,000 feet, according to the tweet.

According to Scripps, only about 30 Pacific footballfish are found in museums and scientific collections.

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