Days After Hurricane Harvey, Texas Beachgoers Horrified By “Monster” That Washed Ashore

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Hurricane Harvey was devastating to Texans, but it seems that it wasn’t just people who suffered from the storm’s wrath. As it turns out, the storm managed to wash ashore what one Texas beachgoer is calling a “monster” – and it’s left many social media users puzzled.

Days After Hurricane Harvey, Texas Beachgoers Horrified By ‘Monster’ That Washed Ashore
Preeti Desai (left), “Monster” she found on a Texas beach (right) (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Although the hurricane has passed, the cleanup process has only just begun, and there’s a long way to go. With many houses, cars, and other various personal items completely and utterly destroyed, it will take quite some time before things start to resemble what they used to and people begin to feel “at home” again.

Of course, it depends on who you ask, but a few people have come together to express that not everything about the storm was bad. According to at least one Twitter post, curious minds have banded together to help identify a “monster” that washed up on the beach at some point during the hurricane’s chaos.

As it turns out, a mysterious eyeless sea “monster” with sharp teeth and a long tail washed up on the shore before Preeti Desai of the National Audobon Society stumbled across its corpse. Doing as anyone would, she snapped a few pictures, which she then took to Twitter to see if anyone else could identify the mystery creature.

“On first glance, it looked like something from the deep sea to me,” Desai explained. “My initial thought was it might be a sea lamprey, but when I got close I realized there was no way that was what it was, particularly based on the mouth.”

The shocking sight prompted something rather incredible – mass unity directed at a single cause. Nearly everyone – except for a few trolls calling it a “monster” or “alien” – was trying very hard to figure out exactly what this thing was and how deep in the ocean it had come from.

Fortunately for those a bit more inquisitive than the rest, it looks like the mystery has most recently been solved. Come to find out, eel specialist Dr. Kenneth Tighe, of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, has come forward to say we’re looking at what is known as the fangtooth snake-eel or “tusky” eel.

Tusky eels live in waters about 30 to 90 meters deep and spend most of their time hidden away, but do occasionally venture into shallows.

Tusky eels also have eyes, but they are small and could have decomposed by the time Desai found the creature’s body. [Source: Daily Mail]

Although he’s fairly certain, Tighe states that there is a small chance it could be something else. “It might be Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides,” he later added. “All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth. Too bad you can’t clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids.”

Whatever the case may be, this rare discovery resulted in something rather spectacular. Even though it may have been brief, people stopped attacking each other to come together to solve this little mystery. We’ve seen what true unity looks like during these past few days. Imagine, just for a moment, if we tried to treat everyone like this all the time – just think of what we could accomplish if we simply worked together rather than fought all the time.