We have noticed some very strange issues emerge out of the sea lately. From glow-in-the-dark ninja sharks, to a fish with legs and the ridiculous bright-white whale called Galleon of Milk. But none of them have now been so pink and swollen as this weird ‘swellshark’, encountered only a week ago by fishermen off the coastline of Mexico.
Recognized tentatively being an albino swellshark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum) – a variety of catfish present in the Eastern Pacific Ocean – the fish has clearly experienced some kind of trauma, just by judging at the above photo as what it should actually look like.
The fish was caught by Jaime Rendon, captain of the Dr. Pescado tourist fishing boat that operates in Cabo, on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.
I was really surprised but what caused most impact were the eyes, so strange. He described the fish as having a raspy skin, three rows of tiny teeth, and three gill slits on each side of the head,” according to Rendon.
But, why so fat?
It is believed that the ballooning of the belly is just one way of protecting oneself utilized by the variety where its body bends right into a form by getting its fin using its mouth. It expands itself to its unique dimension as it sucks a lot of water, making it significantly harder for predators to bite and swallow it and sucks a lot of water.
All that additional air causes the swellfish to increase as much as the top, but obviously, all inflated things must deflate, but when it fundamentally allows all of the air out, it sinks back, producing ‘dog like’ barks along the way.
So,how about it’s pink color? Where did this particular fish got it? It is believed this specific swellshark is albino, therefore probably the peculiar pink colouration has come from modified pigment cells within the skin.
The very best aspect about that extremely awesome find is the fact that the swellfish survived the encounter and was launched back to the sea by Dr. Pescado’s team in order to live out the remainder of its existence.
The pictures have now been delivered to scientists for further evaluation.