A fisherman, who posted a picture of a very bizarre fish on Facebook in order to find out what it was, got some strange answers.
Trapman Bermagui, a commercial fisherman from Sydney, posted the pic on his page with a caption, hoping to find out the name of the strange looking fish.
‘I have no idea about what this is. Any thoughts??, he wrote.
Many of the answers he received were not on the serious side.
One user wrote: ‘It’s definitely 100 percent without a doubt no questions asked no shadow of a lie the appearance of how I felt last Sunday morning after the ridiculously big night I had.’
Others compared the fish to people they’d known: ‘Looks like my sister,’ wrote one, while another commented: ‘ It’s my ex’s mother.’
Some Facebook users put the creature’s appearance down to environmental factors.
‘This is what happens when we have too much plastic in the ocean…’ and ‘New species, Fukushima freaky fish! were some of the comments.
A few users correctly identified the fish as Haplophryne mollis, or the Ghostly Seadevil. It is also known as a Soft Leftvent angler.
Found in tropical and subtropical parts of the world’s oceans, it lives at depths down to 2,250m.
Part of the Ghostly Seadevil’s strange appearance can be put down to its lack of pigmentation, which means that its muscles and parts of its skeleton show through the skin.
Mr Bermagui posted the picture only to find out its identity, and it wasn’t a fish he claims to have caught.
As reported by Blazepress, the fish shown in the picture was caught in 2016 by Russian fisherman, Roman Fedortsov.
Mr Fedortsov works on a fishing trawler in northwest Russia and uses his phone to take photos of the unusual creatures that get caught in the fishing nets.
He then posts them to his Instagram account.
The practice hasn’t been without controversy, as some people argue that by bringing the deep sea creatures to the surface to photograph then, Fedortsov causes many of them to die because of the changes in pressure.