In what can be considered as another wonder in the world, a mysterious never-seen-before fish with the head of a bird, has been caught in China by a fisherman.
The bizarre-looking fish has made waves on the internet in China because of its unusual ‘bird’ head, a report by Dailymail has revealed.
Video footage shows the odd fish gasping on the ground. While its body looks like a normal fish’s body, its head has a distinctive, mismatched shape.
The video has been circulating on Chinese online forums as well as on Facebook in the past week, leaving web users debating over what the creature really is.
People have compared the shaped of the fish’s head to that of a pigeon, parrot or dolphin. One Facebook user, called ‘Hong Fang’, questioned: ‘Is this a cross-breed of carp and dolphin?’
While another Facebook user ‘Duan Yiching’ said: ‘It looks like a radioactive fishh to me.’
Aquatic Life expert at Natural History Museum mentioned that they cannot identify the exact species but concluded that it is under the group, Cyprinidae, as a carp family.
The aquatic animal in the video could be showing a deformity known as ‘pug-head’, which is often seen in fishes, stated the expert.
International Union for Conservation of Nature explained that water pollution, genetic mutations and injury early in life could be the possible causes to the abnormal appearance of the aquatic animal.
Yang Xing, an expert from the Guizhou Fisheries Research Institute, told Guizhou Urban Daily that the bird-headed fish is actually a carp and it’s deformed.
The expert said deformation is commonly seen among the freshwater species.
He carried on explaining the possible causes of the deformation.
‘One possibly is that the embryo was damaged when it was growing; another possibility is that the lack of oxygen in water – due to over-crowded fishing farming – caused the fish’s head to be deformed.’
According to the report, the aquatic animal was set free by the anglers after being caught.