If you have the chance to go diving in the waters of Krabi province, on the west coast of southern Thailand, think to yourself that you might come face to face with this fish.
In fact, it was a Thai fisherman named Prasert Chukul who found this strange fish. While he collects blue crabs, the 33-year-old discovers that his net has caught a fish with a human face.
A fish with bulging blue eyes
And not without reason! The fish had massive lips resembling a human mouth and bulging blue eyes. And on top of that, the creature seemed to have a shocked expression. It did not take more to frighten the fisherman.
Obviously, the man did not dare to eat it. “I didn’t dare to prepare it [as a dish] for myself or anyone else. It was so weird, ”he said.
The fish with the human face: an unknown species?
In fact, it was Thai fisherman Prasert Chukul who found this strange fish. While he collects blue crabs, the 33-year-old discovers that his net has caught a fish with a human face.
However, he instead decided to bring the creature to his village, hoping that someone could identify it. But Prasert had assured that: “no one knew what this creature was in our village, including the elders.”
The mystery of the fish with a human face
Therefore, the fish, 2.7 kg and 42 centimeters long was a mystery. The villagers had never seen anything like it before.
This very quickly caused a real stir in the village. So much, so that news of a strange creature reached the local maritime center. The latter therefore sent a team of experts to investigate the matter.
Specialists identify the fish
Thus, according to specialists, this fish with a human face seems to belong to the rare species called Ichthyscopus Polaris. It tends to bury its body and head in the sand while keeping its mouth wide open to catch small fish and invertebrates that approach it.
It is possible to meet this species in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. It is also an important element of marine ecology.
A rare population
However, the population of this type of fish is scarce. Therefore, it is not every day that it is possible to see them, which is very happy!
Yep, no one would love to stumble upon such a scary fish. Not even the fisherman, Prasert, preferred to return the fish to the maritime center because he believed it could bring him bad luck.