Updated: July 16, 2020 1:24:06 pm
Several pictures of a bizarre fish with human-like teeth that was said to be from Malaysia were making the rounds of the internet, but an expert has stepped in to say that its fake.
The pictures that were widely shared claim to show a species of triggerfish, that has lips that bear a strong resemblance to those of a human. Grey triggerfish do have plump lips as seen in the picture and very strong toothy jaws that can break through some of the hardest, most challenging shelled items on the reef. These include sea urchins, crabs, snails, and clams. However, experts have said it does not resemble what was seen in the pictures.
David Booth, a marine ecologist at the University of Technology, Sydney told CNET that the fish is known to attack divers who come very close to their nest and, “Their very strong teeth can remove a finger!” However, with caution when asked about the resemblance to human teeth, he clarified, “Their teeth are large but not human-like, so yes the pictures do look fake!” said Booth.
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So, while the fish and the plump lips are true — the teeth in the photo are believed to be the work of a trickster.
The conversation surrounding the eerie-looking fish began earlier this month when a tweet by @raff_nasir on July 2 shared the images online.
bibir dia lagi seksi dari aku 😭 pic.twitter.com/zzq8IPWzvD
— RaffNasir• (@raff_nasir) July 2, 2020
While the picture baffled many, others compared it to celebrities and hilarious reactions followed.
— bullshit activist (@polodrawIs) July 3, 2020
Saw this shit on fb tho pic.twitter.com/wv8EUkTwZ6
— Jim Harry (@hrrypstr) July 3, 2020
Angelina Jolie is shaking
— jidregen-san (@helmychicken) July 2, 2020
Kylie Jenner is shaking in her boots
— Christian 🥶 (@chrisslaps) July 3, 2020
It has te te tee teeth.
It has teeth!! pic.twitter.com/w2YVGwqknK
— The Woo (@No2dBle) July 3, 2020
This fish got teeth like Kerry Washington
— 💮NUJ∆ßES🇳🇬✊🏾 (@golfwang220) July 3, 2020
Why it got human teeth 😭😭😭
— Deidra 🥵🥵 (@deidrabae123) July 3, 2020
WHY HER LIPS BIGGER THAN MINE?
— Liz |🏳️🌈 | #BLM (@listenmary1) July 3, 2020
Don’t be shy. Drop ur lip routine
— teng || Seventeen OT13 (@tyneshi_) July 3, 2020
Last year, pictures of another fish with human-like features swimming in the waters of a Chinese village had gone viral.
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