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Mon Dec 21, 2020, 02:49 AM

Help identifying marine creature





Found dead, washed in at Harmers Haven, Vic, Au.
Approx. 25cm diameter (10 in.)
Not badly decayed, so hasn't been kicking around for weeks.
Skin - slightly bristly feeling but not hard or spiky.
The 'Structure', 'body' in the middle felt cartiliginous, not bony
Rest of skin was soft, flabby

My first thought was a ray on some kind but unlikely. Other opinion is a puffer fish that died while inflated. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows who and what this little fella is.

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Reply Help identifying marine creature (Original post)
canetoad Dec 21 OP
Thyla Dec 21 #1
canetoad Dec 21 #2
torius Dec 21 #3
canetoad Dec 21 #4
LeftInTX Dec 21 #5
ornotna Dec 21 #6
CatLady78 Dec 21 #7
XanaDUer2 Dec 21 #8
GoCubsGo Dec 21 #9
JHB Dec 21 #10
BainsBane Dec 21 #11
Tanuki Dec 21 #12
KY_EnviroGuy Dec 21 #13
canetoad Dec 21 #14

Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:10 AM

1. I'm going with a Porcupine Fish of some sort

You can see the spikes when zoomed in and the weird thing in the mouth is likely the swim bladder which stays inflated while the rest of the fish decomposes which it seems to be doing.

The swim bladder of these fish don't really decompose quickly and can occasionally be found washed up.

Just a guess.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-05/porcupine-fish-swim-bladder-find-sunshine-coast/8873018

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Response to Thyla (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:24 AM

2. I've seen many things that resemble the pic

In the ABC article, however, that is not what we have here.

There is nothing in the mouth - the top teeth are like - teeth! The bottom pink things are like a bony plate. I've found various swim bladders and yep, they are kinda hard and balloon like.

Thanks for the contribution, but I don't think that is the answer.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:25 AM

3. Maybe a mola mola

they are weird but cool-looking. They float on their sides.

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Response to torius (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:28 AM

4. Didn't know the name mola mola

But already looked up 'baby sunfish' and don't think that's the answer. Thanks anyway!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:40 AM

5. Freaky!!!!

Sorry...
I am of no help!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 03:43 AM

6. Could be some kind of puffer fish

They have similar front teeth.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 07:13 AM

8. Wow!

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 07:46 AM

9. It's what's left of what was a puffer fish.

Possibly a dog-faced puffer.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 07:49 AM

10. Dog faced puffer, maybe? Or close relative?

There's over a hundred species of pufferfish.



This species is found in tropical waters from the Indian Ocean to the central islands of the Pacific Ocean, roughly equalling the Indo-Pacific, except the Red Sea.[3] It lives close to external reef slopes and lagoons from the surface to 25 m (82 ft) depth. -- Wikipedia

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 07:54 AM

11. It looks deformed

like it's not typical of its species.

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 07:59 AM

12. Blobfish?

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 08:58 AM

13. It's a marine Pac-Man monster that drank too much tRump Clorox virus remedy.

Or, a Don Rickles-themed ice cream bar left to melt on the beach.


KY..........

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Response to canetoad (Original post)

Mon Dec 21, 2020, 02:38 PM

14. Thanks everyone!

I'm now pretty sure it's some kind of puffer fish.

But in researching pictures of puffer fish, look what I found:
Putting Donald Trumpís Mouth On Pufferfish
https://www.boredpanda.com/trump-puffer-fish-mouth-photoshop/

Ain't the internet great.

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