Weird creature from Oxnard, California

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Freaky barnacle with ‘tongues’ discovered by crab fisherman

THIS is the moment a fisherman is shocked by the weird creature he came across while crab netting at Port Hueneme Pier, near Oxnard in California, USA.

On the outside, the skin has a slippery and spiky shell with six massive openings dotted around its surface.

From the various holes, organs similar to mussels and sporting what appear to be teeth shoot out from behind rainbow-coloured flaps.

Despite being viewed more than 600,000 times on social media, nobody has been able to identify the sea monster.

Mathew Wallace, from Palmdale, California, said: “I have never seen anything like this creature in 40 years of sport fishing.

“It got caught in my crabbing net as I attempted to lift it to me and noticed it was heavier than usual.

“The smell was absolutely foul when it got close to me.

“We put it straight back after taking the video but I would have loved to have kept it if I had a saltwater tank at home.“

Despite confirming that the creature is a barnacle, the origins of the gross animal are unknown.

A marine biologist from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said: “The colours are unusual so I'm guessing they aren't from around here.

“Probably a more tropical location.”
 
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