Fish with glowing 'evil eyes' found off Newfoundland inspires intrigue, disgust


spaminator
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Fish with glowing 'evil eyes' found off Newfoundland inspires intrigue, disgust
THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 03:57 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 06:07 PM EST
HALIFAX -- For a brief moment, Nova Scotia fisherman Scott Tanner thought he might have a case of cabin fever when he spotted a fish with glowing, green eyes in his trawler's net.
The 23-year-old Lunenburg man was about a month into a 40-day commercial fishing trip for cod and redfish off Newfoundland and Labrador's Grand Banks when the mysterious creature turned up, shocking even veteran fishermen on board.
"It stood out right away with the green eyes," said Tanner, who snapped photos of the dead fish and posted them on Facebook. "Everybody was pretty amazed by it. The older guys, even, said they'd never seen one before."
With its luminous peepers, long tail, sword-like nose and fins resembling wings, the fish netted last month has caught both the intrigue and disgust of the Internet.
"What the hell is this?" blared a headline on the Daily Star, a U.K. tabloid that described the catch as a "winged fish with evil eyes" and "a nose like a wizard's hat."
There were more than 700 comments Tuesday posted under an image of the alien-like fish on the popular social media site Reddit.
"Put it back, the mothership is bound to come looking for it," read one post.
Someone else said the creature looked like something that was fished "straight out of my nightmares."
Andrew Hebda, curator of zoology at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, offered a more scientific-based explanation: the bug-eyed creature appears to be a knifenose chimera -- one of three chimera species in North Atlantic waters.
"It's a kind of neat-looking thing," he said. "The eyes are quite striking."
In Greek monster mythology, the chimera is described as a grotesque mashup between a lion, a goat and a snake that spews fire.
But in reality, Hebdra said chimeras are a relatively primitive, cartilaginous fish related to sharks. Their retinas are designed to seek out food in extremely low light on the sea floor. Once exposed to light, their large eyes appear to glow.
In this case, the chimera's eyes were likely bulging out because of how fast the fish was pulled out of the ocean.
Tanner said the sudden change in pressure could also explain why the fish was dead when it was found in the net. After taking a few photos, he said the chimera, which he estimates weighed between five and 10 pounds, was tossed back into the ocean.
It's not unusual for unknown creatures to land in the net, but Tanner said the chimera ranks among the "coolest" he's ever seen -- if not the most unsettling.
"I'm not sure if it even had teeth," he said. "I didn't really look. I didn't stick my hands around there too much."
Hebda said it's not surprising the fishermen were stumped by the fish, given that chimeras are rarely seen or caught. Also known as "rat fish," they typically live between 2,000 and 3,000 metres down into the ocean, trolling along the sea floor looking for crustaceans and worms to eat.
Chimeras are edible, Hebda noted, though he'd prefer to have one in the museum's collection instead of on his dinner plate.
Tanner agreed.
"I definitely wouldn't think about eating it."
A fish caught by Nova Scotia fisherman Scott Tanner is shown in a handout photo. For a brief moment, Tanner thought he might have a case of cabin fever when he spotted a fish with glowing, green eyes in his trawler's net. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Scott Tanner)

Fish with glowing 'evil eyes' found off Newfoundland inspires intrigue, disgust
 
MHz
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3D printing just hit a new level?

It looks more like species adaptation than species jumping.
 
Curious Cdn
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That sure looks like a hoax to me. It's the feathered wings and the cormorant bill ...


Oh, and the after-dinner mints in the eye sockets!


Nobody can say that Newfoundlanders don't have a sense of humour. They're just trying to prove how dumb Mainlanders can be.
 
MHz
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'Mainlanders' sounds slightly racists but then they are right next to Quebec. They should lay their power-lines underwater to New Brunswick and then to NY and cut out the skim money Quebec is getting from that deal.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

'Mainlanders' sounds slightly racists.

Well, that is what we are, to a born-and-bred Newfie (also a suspect word). Political correctness is not widespread, there.

Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

They should lay their power-lines underwater to New Brunswick and then to NY and cut out the skim money Quebec is getting from that deal.

You need to get a good map out. The distances that you have described are HUGE.
 
bill barilko
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Typical CC.net ignoramuses-commenting on something they've never seen-glowing fish are common in the ocean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescence (external - login to view)
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Typical CC.net ignoramuses-commenting on something they've never seen-glowing fish are common in the ocean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescence (external - login to view)

Yes, deep diving fish, but ...take a look at that one. I still think that it's a hoax. Besides, there isn't extremely deep water inshore around Newfoundland and no one would set a net a mile deep.

Also, a fish from the abyss (and it would be if it glows) would have exploded on the way up.

The nearest abyssal depths are hundreds of miles from Newfoundland (its a big place!) and no one fishes there.

www.heritage.nf.ca/articles/e...cold-ocean.php (external - login to view)

If by some amazing fluke, a deep ocean fish with glowing "come hither" eyes managed to slowly move to shallow depths, the glowing eyes used to mesmerize prey would end up being an "EAT ME NOW" neon sign up where the sharks and tuna live.
Last edited by Curious Cdn; Mar 9th, 2016 at 06:02 PM..
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

'Mainlanders' sounds slightly racists but then they are right next to Quebec. They should lay their power-lines underwater to New Brunswick and then to NY and cut out the skim money Quebec is getting from that deal.

Somebody, you, didn't read the OP or are dumb.
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

Yes, deep diving fish,

Again you are a fool who's never seen the ocean-Needlefish are bioluminescent and are seen locally in less than 30cm of water.
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

....a fish from the abyss (and it would be if it glows) would have exploded on the way up.

See my remarks re:epic cluelessness & old fashioned ignorance.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Again you are a fool who's never seen the ocean-Needlefish are bioluminescent and are seen locally in less than 30cm of water.

See my remarks re:epic cluelessness & old fashioned ignorance.

Your "remarks" are sure not arguments. You have none of those, I presume, just your lame ad hominem.

That ain't no needlefish. It looks like someone sewed a bird beak on a paired down sculpin.

BTW, what shore do you live on?
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

...what shore do you live on?

This was taken a 15 minute bicycle ride and a 5 minute boat ride from my house-figure it out yourself Pilgrim.



 
Curious Cdn
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Oh. Your from there, are you?

How's the dope?
 
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