Suzanne Shoat Arceno, a frequent visitor to Port Bolivar Beach in Galveston Bay, said she was accustomed to seeing a lot of animals on the shore, dead or alive.
She likes to come here after the storm has passed, when she can find many rays, jellyfish, pelicans, seagulls and more on the sand.
Although Arceneau knows how to find surprises during her campaigns, nothing could have prepared her for an encounter with a strange sea creature that appeared on January 4th.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before…” Arsenault said.
This unusual eel-like creature had a long thin body, sharp teeth in a large open mouth, short and thick fins and beady eyes.
In the hope that someone could help her identify it, Arceno posted photos of the creature on a Facebook group called Bolivar Beachcombers.
One Facebook user said: “This is a fish straight out of hell.”
Another said it was “a sandworm from Beetlejuice.”
After much deliberation, Arceneau said she was told it was a conger eel and that they “don’t usually wash ashore.”
According to Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteSnapper eels can grow up to 180 centimeters or nearly six feet in length. They are carnivorous and usually feed on shrimp, crabs, or bony fish.
KSAT 12 contacted the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for further identification of the sea creature. We will be adding new updates to this story as they become available.
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