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'Cannibal fish' washes ashore in North Carolina

Fanged Cannibal Fish Washes Ashore, Alive

Here's something that's sure to ruin a romantic walk on the beach. A scary looking fish washed ashore in North Carolina last week, and it was still alive. Officials believe it's a long-snouted lancetfish - and if its razor sharp teeth weren't off-putting enough, it also has a reputation for cannibalism.


While very little is known about the biology of this species, Livescience reports that they're typically found in deep waters. Officials believe this one might have been sick, and that's how it ended up so close to the shore.

The frightful fish made its rounds on social media with many people swearing off a trip to the beach ... and we don't blame them.

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Alan May 20 2014 at 11:05 AM

Does anyone else wonder why all of these deep sea creatures are rising to the shallows? This suggests our oceans are dying and the creatures are coming to the surface to eat and breathe. This is bad, this is very bad.

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danclrksvll May 20 2014 at 9:17 AM

A really good photo of president Obama. On a good day.

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hallerner2 May 20 2014 at 9:02 AM

Stop making fun of my Motherinlaw

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The Lucky One hallerner2 May 20 2014 at 9:12 AM

Now THAT'S funny ;-)

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Wyboo51 The Lucky One May 20 2014 at 4:15 PM

yes it was ,do u know her,lol

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Wyboo51 The Lucky One May 20 2014 at 4:19 PM

obama or mother in law,lol

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Jimbo May 20 2014 at 9:41 AM

looks **** a Kardashian!

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Practical Nomad May 20 2014 at 8:39 AM

It's amazing how little we know about our own oceans, and their depths. If we can make it to the Moon and Mars, we should have the technology to explore the deepest parts of our oceans, there is so much we don't know and could learn.

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roselos1234 May 20 2014 at 9:58 AM

Have to wonder why in the last couple of weeks are all this deep ocean creatures coming up all of a sudden.????

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olvden roselos1234 May 20 2014 at 6:13 PM

Yeah...there had to be at least four of them.

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jmac4110 olvden May 20 2014 at 8:22 PM

Last year a "sawfish" was located in the Banana River in Florida's east coast..... scary looking creature and not supposed to be found in fresh water...... Sawfish look like they have a buzz saw on the end of the snout...... this saw was 16ft...... double edged.... cripes.....

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bill kendall roselos1234 May 20 2014 at 7:23 PM

No wonder , We are bothering the heck out of them looking for that missing plane !

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mission1st May 20 2014 at 9:17 AM

Enter the water, enter the food chain

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teeveequeen mission1st May 20 2014 at 9:40 AM

DITTO ...

and people are SHOCKED that a shark would bite them ... LOL LOL LOL

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what's up crazy! May 20 2014 at 9:53 AM

I'd be more afraid of my ex-wife showing up to the beach in a swim suit. Yuck...

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meepstein what's up crazy! May 20 2014 at 2:56 PM

I'd like to know the real reason (not yours) she is your ex.

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Linda K meepstein May 20 2014 at 4:24 PM

I think we already know the real reason...

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sinla6 meepstein May 20 2014 at 9:41 PM

Lol Linda

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dwtomczyk May 20 2014 at 7:54 AM

there are many species of fish yet to be discovered in the ocean

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sle21701 May 20 2014 at 8:07 AM

I heard they taste like chicken....

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stanley t. sle21701 May 20 2014 at 12:48 PM

what? wife in swim suit?

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joeguilmette1 stanley t. May 20 2014 at 5:11 PM

i think my ex had the same teeth

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