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NAGS HEAD, N.C. – A rarely
seen deep sea fish washed up on the beaches of North Carolina on Monday
A Lancetfish was found in
Nags Head on a beach south of Jennette’s Pier. It is an open ocean fish and
rarely comes to shore.
Lancetfishes have large
mouths and very sharp teeth. They grow up to 6.6 feet in length. Very little is
known about their biology, though they are widely distributed in all oceans,
except the polar seas.
Officials with Jennette’s
Pier say the rare fish was alive when it washed up on the shore.
Daryl Law, who works at the
North Carolina Aquarium, said the fish was released after being photographed.
Lancetfishes have been seen
as far north as Greenland and are often caught by vessels long-lining for tuna.