September 14, 2017 – What Is This Creature That Washed Up After Hurricane Harvey on Texas City Beach?

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On September 6, 2017, Texas resident Preeti Desai discovered this “fanged mystery creature” on the beach in Texas City, Texas, on Galveston Bay 42 miles southeast of Houston. Desai took photos and posted them on “biology twitter” asking for identity help. One reply was from Kenneth Tighe, Ph.D., who suggests it is a fangtooth snake-eel or conger eel. “All three of those species occur off Texas and have large, fang-like teeth.” Twitter image by Preeti Desai.

Here is one type of Fangtooth Moray Eel (Enchelycore anatina) that grows to 4 feet in length found throughout the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Image by kimberlyrohde.