Hyderabad: It must have been a day to remember for the Italian naval officers who came across a fish that looked like a shark with a pig head. The unusually bizarre fish was spotted floating atop the water in Darsena Medicea, which is in the town of Portoferraio on the Italian island of Elba.
The sailors of the naval vessel were creeped out when they got the strange creature out of the water only to discover that it looked as if it had the body of a shark and the face of a pig.
After a close inspection, the fish was identified as an angular roughshark – Oxynotus centrina, which lives up to 2,300 feet below the surface. It is sometimes known as a pig-face shark.
Now, the photos of the shark are going viral on social media platforms. Several netizens were also left surprised by the odd-looking creature. The angular roughshark is currently listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, Yuri Tiberto of the local Elba Aquarium shared that seeing the creature in the area was common.
“In the sea of the Tuscan archipelago, so rich in biodiversity… it is not uncommon to find this fish, and I can safely say that I often receive reports telling me of ‘pig fish’ that have ended up in local fishing nets,” he told a local news outlet. “It is commonly called a ‘pig fish’ because when it comes out of the water it emits a kind of grunt,” he added.