A man saw something in a nightmare when a deep sea monster washed up on a San Diego beach.
According to KGTV, Jay Beiler was walking on Black Beach on November 13 when he spotted a scary-looking fish he thought was a jellyfish.
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They have sharp, needle-like teeth that point inward, and some males attach themselves to females like “parasites”, losing all their eyes and internal organs except for their testicles, the website says.
Beiler told NBC San Diego. “You know, I go to the beach quite often, so I’m familiar with the territory, but I’ve never seen a creature that looks quite scary like this.”
The Pacific football fish is a division of the fish species that can grow to over 3 feet long and weigh up to 110 pounds, according to National Geographic.
Ben Fable, collection manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told NBC San Diego that the last time a member of the species was found on a San Diego beach was in 2001.
He told the outlet he was going to look for the soccer fish Beiler saw, but the crabs and gulls most likely reached the deep sea creature first.
“We don’t know much about the biology of these fish, and that’s one of the reasons we want people to let us know when they find one on the beach so we can learn a little more.” little,” Frable told NBC San Diego.
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