Mysterious ‘faceless’ creature found washed up on beach after Hurricane Harvey

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A proper ‘horror from the deep’ washed up in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey – a strange, faceless serpent with massive fangs.

Preeti Desai of the Audubon Society posted images of the grotesque creature on social media – asking for help identifying it.

Desai wrote, ‘Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City.’


Many commenters suggested that the snake-like creature was in fact some sort of eel – and a biologist stepped in to suggest it was a fangtooth snake eel.

Dr Keeneth Tighe, from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, told Earth Touch News Network the creature was likely to be a fangtooth snake eel, but it might belong to another family – the garden and conger eel.

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“It might be Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides,” he said. “All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth. Too bad you can’t clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids.”

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Desai said she found the creature while assessing the damage of Hurricane Harvey on a beach.

She said, ‘It was completely unexpected, it’s not something that you’d typically see on a beach. I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore.’

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