'Alien fish' is captured off the coast of Mexico, terrifies everyone on social media

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This 'Alien Fish' Came From the Ocean, Not Outer Space

As if ripped straight from a scene in a sci-fi thriller, an 'alien fish' is making headlines this week after being captured off the coast of Los Cabos, Mexico.

The terrifying, yet interesting-looking creature was originally posted by the Pisces Sportfishing Fleet Facebook page last Tuesday, and has since been shared over 500 times. The post explains that the bloated, pink-hued shark was caught (and released) by fisherman Jaime Rendon, adding they would share more details as they became available.

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Posted by Pisces Sportfishing Fleet on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

After contacting the fisherman and studying up on the types of marine life in the area, the group shared an update on its findings. "After researching the common opinion is that it is probably a swell shark - easy to see why- this fish fills its stomach with water to enlarge its size to prevent it being swallowed by predators or to deter them" the post explained. They also found out that the shark was found "a mile off shore in 370 feet of water," meaning that it is not a deep-sea catch, as previously thought.

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'Alien fish' is captured off the coast of Mexico, terrifies everyone on social media
A view shows an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A diver takes pictures as people look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A diver takes pictures as people look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A diver takes pictures as people look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
People look at sharks from an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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When photos of the bizarre water-dweller started making their way around the internet, they eventually reached the hands of shark researcher Chuck Bangley, who provided even more insight into the situation.

According to Motherboard, "When Bangley first saw photos of [the] shark being circulated on Twitter, he tentatively identified the mysterious specimen as a swell shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum), suggesting that it could be albino, or unusually light-colored."

While 'alien fish' may be free to roam the open seas for now, it's only a few more months until Shark Week makes this one-of-a-kind creature a star once again.

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Posted by Pisces Sportfishing Fleet on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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