Lancetfish Washes Ashore Alive in North Carolinaby Captain Steve Smith on 05/21/14
The gigantic fish, which was still alive when it washed ashore, was
determined to be a long-snouted lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) commonly
known as handsaw fish.
"Lancetfish - Check out these images of what we believe is a
lancetfish. It was photographed Monday night, just south of the pier.
They rarely come close to shore as they're an open ocean or pelagic
fish. Have you ever seen or heard of them?" Jennette's Pier wrote on their Facebook page.
Famous for being an ambush predator, lancetfish are not considered
fit for human consumption, and they often wind up being used as bait.
Lancetfish can be found in open water in subtropical and tropical
locations. They have been spotted before in places like Iceland and
Greeland however, according to the Daily Mail.
The lancetfish was released back into the water after a few photos were taken.
Officials believe that the fish washed ashore because it was sick.