A sea monster washed up on the shores of Australia (I know, Australia, home to the most terrifying beasts on the planet, no surprise there). This prehistoric looking hell hound of the seas has the mouth of a crocodile, with rows and rows of razor sharp teeth, and it’s rocking the elongated body of a dragon. Basically, if you were asked to sketch the scariest fucking creature that could possibly be lurking around the ocean then this animal that washed up on a beach in New South Wales, Australia is exactly what your imagination would cough up.
A photo was taken by Ethan Tipper and uploaded to Facebook in an attempt to identify this mysterious creature that appears to have been unleashed from the fiery depths of Hell (which as we all know are located just off the Australian Coast, we learned that last year). Now there’s a worldwide hunt to identify this creature that looks more like something you’d find in a science fiction movie than something you’d expect to see swimming around the ocean. Everything about this creatures says ‘dangerous as fuck’, this isn’t one of those creatures where you look at it and think ‘you know, I bet that animal has great maternal instincts and does really well in groups’…
This looks like a vicious killer through and through:
Ethan Tipper capture this photo on the shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, which as you can see from the photo below ‘lake’ is a bit of a misnomer, as there’s clearly saltwater flowing in and out of that so called lake:
Clearly there’s some shallow water there, and multiple estuaries. What’s really fucking me up about this is that there’s some SHALLOW WATER there. This creature wasn’t found dead, floating on the surface out in the middle of the ocean where the depths run thousands of feet. This is a fish that washed up on the shore of a beach, a place where people swim and take their families to barbecue.
Here’s what The DailyMail is saying about this f’d up creature:
The image has divided social media with some claiming it is a large hairtail and others suggesting the snap has either been photoshopped or captured outside of Lake Macquarie.
But Australian Museum fish collector Mark McGrouther told Daily Mail Australia he suspects it is a pike eel, native to deep waters on the east coast of Australia.
‘This is the first time I have ever seen one of them in the flesh,’ he said.
‘I suspect it was caught and discarded by fisherman who got more than they bargained for when they tried to reel it in.’
The pike eel is known to thrash around violently once hooked, damaging fishing equipment and forcing fishermen to cut their lines.
The Wiki entry for the Pike Eel is just as disturbing as the photo above. According to Wiki the female Pike Eel lays up to FOUR MILLION EGGS PER YEAR. I mean, what in the actual fuck? How has this abomination not taken over the entire ocean yet when it’s squirting out that many goddamn eggs per year?
For reference though, the average Pike Eel grows to 5ft11in in length, so this photo is either slightly misleading or this is the world’s biggest Pike Eel and our ocean’s monsters are mutating.
These are the image results I was able to pull up for Pike Eel. One shows a tiny package, presumably juvenile pike eel to be eaten, and one shows a drawing of what a fully grown pike eel might look like.
Here’s that fish again, just for good measure:
I gotta admit, the similarities are close enough to agree that this is probably a pike eel. But if you’re not willing to accept that explanation I invite you to hit me up below with your own ideas, I always value a little healthy discourse when it comes to creatures from Hell.