Don’t Be Freaked Out By This Alien Of The Sea, It’s Actually A Rare Marine Life Anomaly

It isn't a zombie fish either.

We know what you're thinking. WTF is this thing and will it eat me or implant its alien eggs inside my body?


The simple answer is well, no, and it definitely will not be laying its eggs inside your brain anytime soon.

While it looks like something from another planet, it's actually just your run-of-the-mill Cephaloscyllium ventriosum.

To put that in English, it's a swell shark; and according to the Florida Museum of Natural History website, they aren't aggressive to humans at all.

Actually, they prefer to just be left alone in the "algae-spotted shallows of the eastern Pacific ocean." 

If you happen to be a small fish though, then yeah, they will probably eat you. So, don't become a small fish. 

Sorry plankton.

The reason this fella looks so strange though, is because it is a rare albino swell shark.

As you can see in the post above, it is extremely puffed up, which is actually one of the cool traits swell sharks possess and is where they get their name from.

Swell sharks have the ability to quickly engulf large amounts of water or air when threatened, "causing them to double in size," as per Marine Bio. This tactic makes it difficult for them to be bit or pulled "from a crevice or other tight spot," by a predator. No, not that Predator.

So when this shark was caught by 18-year-old Scott McLaughlin while fishing in the Sea of Cortez near Cabo San Lucas on a fishing trip, according The Chicago Tribune, the shark felt threatened and puffed up.

See, friendly after all.

We didn't say it wasn't creepy though.

David Ebert, program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California also told The Chicago Tribune that he has never seen an albino, or "leucistic" swell shark before in his career. 

Leucistic means there is a lack of pigmentation, but this one may actually be a deformed swell shark, because they usually have five gills and there are only three pictured.

So it certainly was a very rare encounter, but not of a third kind.

After documenting the shark, the fishermen reported that he survived the accidental catch and was released back into the ocean.

If actual  aliens ever attack though, don't worry, we got Will Smith, even though he won't be in the sequel. 


We're pulling for surprise a cameo though!


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