VIDEO: “Alien” Creature Caught by Mexican Fishermen
Did you know that so far we’ve explored less than 5% of the world’s oceans?!
There is still so much we don’t know, so much that remains to be learned about the secrets of the deep.
According to Wikipedia, little or no light penetrates the deep part of the ocean, and most of the organisms that live there rely for subsistence on falling organic matter produced in the photic zone. For this reason, scientists once assumed that life would be sparse in the deep ocean, but virtually every probe has revealed that, on the contrary, life is abundant in the deep ocean.
And as amazing as nature is, it keeps leaving us in awe.
Scientists keep discovering new ones that leave them baffled, whether it’s because of their looks or their measurements.
It seems experts were eventually able to identify the strange alien-like creature that was caught by Mexican fishermen.
Read all about the strange creature below, provided by icreative.am.
Over the past several decades, researchers have discovered some pretty amazing sea creatures.
But there are many that still remain a mystery.
On a recent fishing trip, Jaime Rendon felt a tug on his line and reeled in something incredible.
Jaime and a group of fishermen were on the Pisces Sportsfishing Fleet near the Los Cabos coast of Mexico when something mysterious appeared at the other end of his line.
When the fishermen saw the smooth, white, puffy fish Jaime had reeled in, they declared it an “alien fish.” They had never seen anything like it. It’s pale skin wasn’t the creature’s only odd feature. Jaime explained, “I was really surprised but what caused the most impact were the eyes, so strange.”
When the fishermen looked a little closer, they realized what they had caught. It turns out that Jaime had captured a shark with a rare condition. The shark had leucism, a condition that results in major loss of skin pigmentation.
Representatives of the Pisces Sportsfishing Fleet sent pictures of the shark to the Pacific Shark Research Center in hopes of identifying the species. The Research Center revealed that the creature was a swell shark.
Swell sharks are known for their bloated bellies. It’s a unique defense mechanism. When they feel threatened by a predator, they swallow large amounts of water. A sack beneath their stomach swells, making it harder for them to fit into a predator’s mouth. Swell sharks are often found off the coast of southern California, all the way down into Mexico.
The director of the Pacific Shark Research Center, Dr. David Ebert, explained, “This particular swell shark is cool to see, but with a lot of species, leucism and albinism are anomalous.
In the bigger scheme of things, this discovery highlights a species that tends to be overlooked and not thought about often. Events like this encourage people to think about sharks that might not be on their radar, so I embrace them whenever they come up.”
Jaime and his friends ended up releasing the shark back into the ocean where it belongs!