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CARRIACOU – Strange fish causing a stir

WINDWARD –– An “alien-looking” creature likened to “something out of a sci-fi horror film” has caused a stir in the Grenadine island of Carriacou.

The fishy story began when the strange-looking specimen was caught in the port of Windward, reportedly giving some seasoned fishermen quite a fright.

While it has scales, the fish (shown upside down) also has two strange feet, complete with toes.

While it has scales, the fish (shown upside down) also has two strange feet, complete with toes.

The foot-long fish reportedly had humanoid “feet” complete with toes, which allowed it to walk across the ocean floor, a “perfect human nose”, wings and scales.

And the apparent hybrid, whether fish or fowl, had disbelieving fishermen stumped.

One islander said: “Everyone crowded round to look –– nobody had ever seen anything like it.

“Quite a few people were pretty scared and thought it looked like something out of a sci-fi horror film.”

Veteran fisherman Hope McLawrence, 74, who found himself eyeball to eyeball with the “alien” creature when he hauled in his nets, admitted he was baffled.

He said the foot-long beast had two feet with toes, no fin, a long bone on its back and “a perfect human nose immediately above its mouth”.

“I have never discovered anything like this before. The wings and tail look extremely complicated,” he noted.

McLawrence, a master fisherman with more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, added: “By the look of the creature it cannot swim but apparently walks on the seabed.

“This has shocked me to a considerable extent since I never thought that a creature like this even existed, much less in the harbour of these shallow, friendly waters.

“This is like a mystery and breathes a chill with this discovery,” he indicated.

The attention-grabbing creature is believed to be a frogfish, an ambush predator that can eat almost anything that will fit into its mouth, which can expand to 12 times its normal size to accommodate prey such as fish, crabs and shrimp, as well as other frogfish.

Frogfish, a type of anglerfish, are masters of disguise and have a textured exterior that aids in their camouflage. They vary in colour and often have unique spines or bumps that change with their surroundings.

Their amazing ability to camouflage themselves serves as protection from predators and may explain why they have not been spotted by Carriacou fishermen before.

Unlike the Carriacou discovery, however, frogfish do not have scales.

According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), frogfish lack a swim bladder and use their modified pectoral fins to walk or run across the seafloor.

They can be found in tropical and subtropical oceans and seas off the coasts of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Source: (Caribbean 360)

22 Responses to CARRIACOU – Strange fish causing a stir

  1. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck February 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    What the hell is this?

  2. Tristan John
    Tristan John February 4, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  3. Chai So
    Chai So February 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Next nation article ‘mermaid found in the Atlantic ocean ‘…….the sea is a very strange place, even the unknown is unknown to the unknown

  4. Juju Reds
    Juju Reds February 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm


  5. Sarah Holder
    Sarah Holder February 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Somebody say scully and moulder?…. The truth is out there

  6. Chad El Tuckeykak Felix
    Chad El Tuckeykak Felix February 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Redlip batfish

  7. Daniel Yuudai
    Daniel Yuudai February 4, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Quick use a pokeball to catch it!

  8. Lisa Kereluk
    Lisa Kereluk February 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    It looks like a very common shortnose bat fish or some times called an anglerfish.

  9. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria February 4, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    hard up for news

  10. Kaleber Soze
    Kaleber Soze February 4, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Roughback Batfish.

  11. Deigo Martínez
    Deigo Martínez February 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Though I haven’t read this article yet, I can look at this and identify it quite easily. If you all would watch a few documentaries especially the Planet Earth series you’d know this is a Frogfish of some sort. They are rarely seen by man

  12. Carl Busby
    Carl Busby February 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

    As said before by a few people here its a batfish but its found in brazilian waters though.

  13. Sheryl Thorne
    Sheryl Thorne February 5, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I saw one of those already in Guyana in port kaituma I caught it myself

  14. Anthony Chiclets Gregory
    Anthony Chiclets Gregory February 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Get the chips… we Gwine fry em up! !

  15. Sunita February 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Don’t u people read about the history of the world, a creature exactly like that exsisted millions of years ago and now someone just tampered in a lab to create another that all no alien nothing

  16. Jon February 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

    It’s a bat fish. A warm water fish

  17. Latonya February 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    It’s a rosy lipped batfish.

  18. S clarke February 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Looks more like a bat fish than a frog fish.

  19. Owen February 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Extremely unbelievable more reserche dis should be on display in NYC Aquarium

  20. Wadadli February 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    It’s a Batfish

  21. Renato Nozaki Mota February 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Same species was found here in Brazil.


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