Maleah Burrows, 31, stumbled upon the arid body of a fish in the sand. However, it was only on further inspection that she realized it had ‘human teeth’.
“We were just walking along the beach and it was washed up far from the shoreline and caught our attention,” said Burrows of the bizarre discovery. “I originally just thought it was a plain old fish – nothing exciting, but I still wanted to show my three-year-old. Then as we got closer I saw all the teeth and I was shocked because I’d never seen anything like it!” Accordant to reports, what Burrows had unearthed was the remains of a sheepshead, a fish that utilizes its gnarly teeth to crush mussels, shrimp and crabs.
The brash blighters too have a reputation for robbing bait from fishermen. They are ordinarily found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the US – Sheepshead Bay in New York City is named after them. Burrows, from Charlotte, North Carolina, stated: “It had really thick, large scales on its body which was interesting. It had an entire mouthful of teeth – they weren’t pointy but blunt like an animal’s. Behind its first row of teeth were buds that filled up its entire mouth. I’m not sure what they were, but I’m guessing more teeth.” Normally, a Sheepheads starts to develop teeth when they’re around 4.5mm long and they possess a complete set by the time they’re 15mm long.
Over time they can stretch up to 76cm long and routinely reach up to half a meter in size. Looking back on it, Burrows says the notion of it swimming about in the sea gives her the heebie jeebies. She furthered: “It freaked me out a little bit thinking that something like this was swimming in the same water we were and how bad it would feel to get bitten by it! Every person I’ve shown the pictures to has been shocked because they’ve never seen anything like it.”
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