Florida news reports than a strange fish was caught off Pensacola pier. They call it “prehistoric-looking”. It is being studied by the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted it on their Facebook page asking people to guess. It always amazes me that the Facebook viewers seem to come up with very plausible solutions.
But before the reasonable people are heard, you MUST throw every weird fish option in the book at it (because anyone can be an expert guesser) as well as blame the BP oil spill, Fukushima radiation, and human pollution!
When you go to the Facebook page that has all the photos, a few commentators have suggested this is a “jellynose“. A comparison does match really well (see below) though the specimen looks a bit worse for wear. Not prehistoric, not a mutant, not unknown, just not well-known because it’s rarely caught in these waters. A DNA test is being conducted to confirm the ID.
It must be so much fun to find weird fishes but it’s also fun to figure out what it is.