The world we live in is indeed full of interesting things around, and the more we explore, the more we realize that our knowledge is limited.
Fishermen caught a strange animal causing a stir
At the end of 2020, on a fairly popular forum called Naira Land, there was a topic that attracted a lot of interest from netizens around the story of a mysterious animal caught by Filipino fishermen.
According to information from the topic, after catching this animal, because they did not know what it was, they took a photo and posted it online, hoping someone would give the correct answer.
Through the shared image, it can be seen that the animal has a very strange, even scary appearance with lines as if it is a hybrid of many different animals.
The lower body of the animal is shaped somewhat like a sea elephant or seal or sea lion. It is gray in color and weighs several pounds. However, it has a small yellow tusk protruding from its nose like that of a small elephant. In addition to the tail, it also has 2 more oars on both sides of the body to support swimming.
It is because of this strange appearance that the animal has attracted the attention of many locals. Both adults and children flocked to see the animal in person. Many admit that they have never seen anything like it since they were children.
After all, what kind of strange animal is this?
There are also many conjectures about the identity of the animal on the forum.
“It’s scary, it’s like an alien,” commented one imaginative netizen.
“It looks like a combination of seals, elephants and pigs,” one person commented.
“I see it again as a cross between a buffalo and a seal,” another commented.
“I think it’s a manatee. There’s nothing strange about it,” replied another.
“Brother. This is not a manatee, because the bottom part looks the same, but the head of this animal is different,” another commented.
“This is a platypus,” replied another.
“The manatee must have been attached to something in the sea to give birth to this one, because its head looks a bit weird,” a netizen humorously predicted.
“No, this is a sea cow, also known as a sea cow, of the dugong family. It is also related to manatees so it looks a bit like this one, but the most special feature is probably the tail.” Another person gave the most convincing sounding answer so far.
Finally, a Thai website said they also caught a bowfish in Phuket. And from the shared image, it can be seen that it is exactly the same animal that the Filipino fisherman caught.
Then, the exact animal that fishermen in the Philippines caught was a bowfish.
According to information from Wikipedia, the sea cow, also known as sea cow or mermaid (scientific name is Dugong) is a mammal that lives in subtropical coastal areas. Manatees are the only sea cows in their range, which spans the waters of some 40 countries and territories across the Indo-West Pacific.
Dumpling fish has a diamond-shaped body, thick skin, color changes according to the color of algae on the skin, horizontal fins instead of vertical fins like other fishes. Their eyesight is very poor but their sense of smell is very sharp.
Dugongs are also called sea cows because they use their upper lip to graze in the sea. What we think of as tusks are actually their incisors.