Published November 19, 2013
What is that?
According to a researcher at a Canadian university, it is a rarely seen fish from the arctic.
Nigel Hussey, a researcher who works with the Ocean Tracking Network tells CBC News, that the fish is a mysterious breed known as a "long-nosed chimaera." The photo of this fish–which has only been caught one other time– has gone viral across the Internet.
The fish was reeled in by a fishing boat along the Davis Strait in Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada and was mistaken as another breed of fish known as a goblin shark.
"Only one of these fish has previously been documented from the Hudson Strait," Hussey said to CBC. "Potentially, if we fish deeper, maybe between 1,000 and 2,000 meters [3,000 to 6,000 feet], we could find that's there's actually quite a lot of them there. We just don't know."
The freaky find displays characteristics from relative breeds of Sharks and Stingrays with a tail like a whip and a long, pointed nose and can grow to over three feet in length.