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Work on a fishing trawler off Newfoundland came to a halt when a mysterious and bizarre fish came up in the catch. CBC News wrote that it “looks somewhat like a bird, with a long, pointy snout, bright neon green eyes and ribbed fins that resemble feathered wings.”
The Daily Star, a tabloid in the U.K., called it a “winged fish with evil eyes.”
“All the production stopped and everything so everybody could check it out,” fisherman Scott Tanner told CBC News. “There’s lots of other weird stuff that comes out [of the ocean] but that one definitely stood out.”
The 58-foot trawler was on a 42-day trip fishing for cod and redfish in waters off the Grand Banks and St. Pierre and Miquelon when the unusual fish came up as by-catch.
The California Academy of Sciences says chimaeras are a group of cartilaginous fish that branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago …
The longnose variety is found off Nova Scotia and in various other parts of the Atlantic Ocean. They feed on shrimp and crabs and are harmless to humans …
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Dalhousie University biology professor Jeffrey Hutchings looked at the photo and told CBC News that it indeed looks like a long-nose chimaera (aka a knifenose chimaera), adding that they are quite uncommon, being found at depths ranging from 660 to 6,560 feet.