Scientists Identify Mysterious Fanged ‘Sea Monster’ Beached In Texas By Hurricane Harvey

What is this creature that was beached near Texas City, Texas, by Hurricane Harvey? (Credit: Preeti Desai.)
A closer look at the brownish-red coloration of that strange creature that was beached near Texas City, Texas, by Hurricane Harvey. (A drinking straw provides scale.) (Credit: Preeti Desai)
A closer look at that strange creature that was beached near Texas City, Texas, by Hurricane Harvey. Is its unusual color due to severe sunburn? (Credit: Preeti Desai)
A closer look at that strange creature that was beached near Texas City, Texas, by Hurricane Harvey. In this photograph, you can clearly see lots of tiny, dark spots. (A drinking straw provides scale.) (Credit: Preeti Desai)
This picture of a fangtooth snake-eel (Aplatophis chauliodus), or tusky snake-eel, looks much better than the beached specimen. (Credit: Cláudio L. S. Sampaio / Universidade Federal de Alagoas.)
What is that strange thing that was beached near Texas City, Texas, by Hurricane Harvey? (Credit: Preeti Desai)

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