Fanged creature found on beach after Hurricane Harvey

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It seems Hurricane Harvey displaced more than just the land-dwelling residents of the beleaguered Texas coast.

The freakish creature was spotted decaying on a United States beach in Texas City, Texas, once the superstorm had cleared.

Being found American Preeti Desai, who posted photographs of the dead being in social networks, to find out his views.

The lump is believed to have been some kind of eel - but with its teeth showing in one image, it has the appearance of a deep sea creature that should have no business being near the surface. "I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore", Ms Desai told the BBC.

"This is the kind of thing that's flawless for Twitter - there are so many scientists and researchers on the platform and they're very willing to jump in and figure out things like this", she said.

'We squished it around a bit, and even turned it over but couldn't come up with any other ideas'.

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"I mentally smacked my forehead, because once that was suggested I could absolutely see the eel shape", Desai said.

The fangtooth wind eel, otherwise called a "tusky" eel, is generally found in waters in the vicinity of 30 and 90 meters somewhere down in the western Atlantic sea.

Some commenters threw out the suggestion of eel and a biologist agreed, telling the BBC it was a fangtooth snake-eel.

He said it may also be a garden or conger eel, because "all three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth".

"It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach".