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Red-Lipped Batfish Baffles Fishermen In Carriacou Off Of Grenada

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    Fish or Foul? Fishermen don’t know

ST. GEORGE’S – Fishermen are in shock after a weird-looking creature with scales, feet, toes and a human-like nose was discovered in the ocean off of Grenada.

The strange hybrid is actually a red-lipped batfish. It has human-like feet allowing it to walk across the seabed and was hauled out of the depths of in the Caribbean Sea.

The exotic fish has scales like a fish but two feet complete with toes, as well as a “perfectly formed human nose” above its mouth.

And the alien-looking being, found in the sleepy harbor of Windward on the tiny island of Carriacou, has disbelieving fishermen stumped.

One islander said: “Everyone crowded around to look – nobody had ever seen anything like it.

“Quite a few people were pretty scared and thought it looked like something out of a sci-fi horror film.”

Veteran fisherman Hope McLawrence, 74, who found himself staring into the eyes of the “alien” creature when he hauled in his nets, admits he was astounded.

He says the foot-long creature has two feet with toes, no fin, a long bone on its back and “a perfect human nose immediately above its mouth.”

“I have never discovered anything like this before,” he added.
“The wings and tail looks extremely complicated.”

Hope, a fisherman for more than 50 years, has his own opinions on the “fish.”

He said: “By the look of the creature it can’t swim but walks on the seabed.

“This has shocked me to a considerable extent since I never thought that a creature like this even existed, much less in the harbour of these shallow, friendly waters.

“This is like a mystery and breathes a chill with this discovery.”

Carriacou is a few miles from the larger island of Grenada.

It’s just a 200-miles from Barbados, a favorite winter hang-out for celebrities including Simon Cowell and pop star Rihanna.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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