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Jet-black shark with extendable mouth looks like a real-life alien xenomorph

By T.K. Randall
October 18, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

Some have likened the shark to Marvel's Venom. Image Credit: Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute
This fearsome looking denizen of the deep has needle-sharp teeth and a terrifying extendable mouth.
At a glance, this ferocious eel-like beast looks like something out of a nightmare - a jet-black shark equipped with rows of needle-like teeth and a secondary jaw that can protrude from its mouth like the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise.

Known as the viper dogfish (or viper shark), the species is very seldom seen, with its existence only being confirmed as recently as 1986 and only a handful of specimens having ever been seen or photographed.

This particular specimen, which recently went viral online, was caught around 5 years ago by Taiwan's Fisheries Research Institute during a survey near Donghe Township.
The species has also been spotted off the coasts of Hawaii and Japan.

Despite its unsettling appearance, however, it's worth noting that the viper dogfish is not actually that large - growing only to around 60cm in length - and lives on a diet of crustaceans and bony fish.

Even so, you probably wouldn't want to come across a group of them while out swimming...

Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 months ago
A creature from a nightmares!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 4 months ago
Quite beautiful!
Comment icon #3 Posted by ouija ouija 4 months ago
Xenomorph? Or Xenofish? 
Comment icon #4 Posted by HSlim 4 months ago
'ey girl, whatchoo do with that mouth?
Comment icon #5 Posted by openozy 4 months ago
In what galaxy .
Comment icon #6 Posted by Alpha_Q 4 months ago
I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Comment icon #7 Posted by XenoFish 3 months ago
Not quite lovecraftian enough to compare with me.

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