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The morning that the mystery fish turned up Charles Maasak Brower had been doing his best to sleep in. But it was a Saturday and his wife out of town, so with four sons running around the house he soon gave up.
"My boys were being boys and I got tired of the noise so I asked them if they wanted to caribou hunting and seal hunting," Brower said.
Around noon on Nov. 14 Brower packed his four sons - Qiuwak, 12, Matthew, 8, Thomas, 6, and Leo, 3 - into his Ford Explorer and set off down the beach towards Wainwright. It was still a little dark when, about six miles out of Barrow, Brower spotted something in the distance. Thinking it might be a seal, Brower got his gun out of the back of his car and walked closer, but whatever it was didn't move. When Brower finally got a good look, his jaw dropped.
"I said - what is that?!"
It was a fish of some kind, but Brower had never seen anything like it. Frozen solid, it had a long thick body that looked a little like an eel's, but with a bulging belly. About a foot tall, the fish had a blunt nose and pronounced lips. After scaring away a fox that was gnawing on its tail, Brower wrapped up the fish in a plastic bag to drive it home before it could thaw. Once there he mounted it on a tall box outside his window alongside the road.
Curious about his catch, Brower started asking people around town if they'd seen anything like it before. He asked elders, hunters and whaling captains. He asked biologists. He sent out a call on the VHF to the whole town - did anyone know what it was?
Mystery fish all the buzz in Barrow
SPECIES: Biologists, neighbors puzzled by hunter's find on beach.
BARROW -- Charles Maasak Brower was heading out to do some seal and caribou hunting with his four sons when they stumbled upon a beach find -- a fish -- that has nearly everyone stumped.
Frozen solid, the fish Brower found Nov. 14 was described by him as having a long, thick body like an eel's, but with a bulging belly. About a foot long, the fish had a blunt nose and pronounced lips.
Originally posted by gnosis111
Ummm look at the article again there is pictures. Maybe they just posted them, but it looks like a fish head with a bloated eels body, and maybe part of the tail is missing.