An angler from Florida, USA, was left shocked after they reeled in a fish that had human-like teeth, so perfect teeth.
33-year-old Paul Lore, a fisherman, described his catch as one of the weirdest that he had ever caught in his life.
Paul, who is from Hawaii, was fishing near Melbourne, Florida, when he caught the zebra patterned fish.
After taking some pictures, he released it back into the water.
Talking about his catch, he said:
It has a zebra pattern of colouring and the body is more like a snapper-type fish – very compact but meaty. The teeth can only be described as human-like teeth, but upon further inspection, you’ll notice they have rows of these teeth like a shark. Most of them have two to three rows with very strong bite power – not enough to take a finger but enough to make you never go near the teeth again. It’s one of the weirdest fish I have encountered just based on the appearance.
The fish is really strong and they are capable of breaking a lot of things.
Pail said that the fish are also known as Sheepshead.
Talking about the fish, he said:
They use these teeth to break barnacles, clamshells, and crab shells. They mainly consume crustaceans, so they need these type of teeth to break them open. Then the shells come out of their gills almost like a filter so they do not consume a lot of the shell. The fish is nicknamed ‘the poor man’s crab’ around my parts. That’s because they are easy to catch and they mainly eat different types of crab and shrimp so they taste like crab meat. They are very strong swimmers, as soon as you hook them they swim sideways with a lot of force so even a small one feels like a huge fish.
These types of fish are capable of growing up to 76 centimetres long.
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