The ocean is a vast and beautiful place which also contains unspeakable horrors. As someone who has consumed a considerable amount of Blue Planet footage, I say this with certainty. For all of the speculation that we give to extraterrestrial creatures and outer space, it’s entirely possible that the true alien-like creatures we’ve been searching for are residing in the depths of the sea — and one recent beach discovery in Australia has offered up some creepy evidence to support this theory.
According to ABC Sydney, a 5-foot-long and 330 lb fish recently washed up on a Queensland beach, and the creature’s sheer size and monstrous appearance have captured the fascination of the internet.
— ABC Sydney (@abcsydney) March 8, 2018
The couple who discovered the fish carcass say that it’s possible that the fish is simply a large grouper. However, it’s difficult to tell. “It could have been a cod, could have been a groper, and one guy I think might have nailed it when he said it was what they call a tripletail,” husband John Lindholm told ABC Sydney.
— Jess Lodge (@jess_lodge) March 8, 2018
Regardless of the fish’s biological identification, Twitter collectively agrees on one thing: that’s some creepy sh*t.
It’s Extraterrestrial ????
— Just an old Pensioner (@JustPensioner) March 8, 2018
Meanwhile in Australia https://t.co/JQ4FeVX96s
— Angry Exile (@AngryExile) March 8, 2018
I for one do not welcome our new fish overlords. https://t.co/DiFXE3cxla
— Em-Roe (@EmilyHyphenRose) March 8, 2018
put the whole ocean in rice https://t.co/Zal7wrxbYF
— Billy the GOAT (@oranicuhh) March 9, 2018
Naturally, in light of the recent Academy Awards, people couldn’t resist making some Shape of Water jokes.
here's your shape of water https://t.co/lijRKUU3Wz
— Angus Cameron (@goosecameron) March 8, 2018
My girlfriend just left me for this fish… thanks shape of water https://t.co/vPwUQix0Gd
— Aaron Michael Marsh (@AaronMMarsh) March 9, 2018
Considering that Atlantic goliath groupers have been known to attack divers, the knowledge that this fish might be a large grouper doesn’t really offer much comfort.
Respect the damn sea, people! It’s basically a vat of monsters which must be avoided and protected at all costs!