A nine-pound fish with a peculiar enamel was caught in Nags Head earlier in the week.
Pictures of the fish were shared by Jennette’s Pier, a fishing destination in Nags Head, North Carolina, on Tuesday, Aug. 3, after fisherman Nathan Martin caught the creature.
The fish, known as sheepshead, is not an uncommon marine species to find. And scientists have long noticed that they boast human-like teeth since they are omnivores.
But the close shot of the fish’ mouth, brandishing its perfect row of human teeth, was a different story for many beachgoers. Somehow, it looked as though the fish was wearing dentures.
“Who’s missing their dentures?” one person commented.
“Impressive, but who’s going to spring $$ for the braces it obviously needs?!” wrote a Twitter user.
“Is this where dentures come from?” one commenter said.
“That fish has better teeth than me,” another said.
Sure the reactions also included freaked outs, who could not believe in the teeth a 9-pound fish may have.
“Omg that’s crazy I would drop and run,” said one Facebook user under the post.
“Is Nigel Farage back in the US?” one Twitter user joked.
Another shared the picture of a young sheepshead and said “Definitely cuter when they’re babies!”
Martin was a regular visitor at the pier and was up to get some sheepshead that day with his twin brother when he encountered the fish with a mouthful of fangs, according to HeraldSun.
According to the outlet, the fish is commonly found year-round in North Carolina’s coastal waters and could appear from inshore brackish waters to the offshore rocky bottom.
It can also be eaten. Unfortunately for the many fans who adored the sheepshead’s dentures, Martin had already cooked it.
“It’s a very good fight when you’re fighting on the line, it’s a really good catch, and it tastes very good,” he told McClatchy News, as reported by HeraldSun.
But if it were somebody else, perhaps the fish’s teeth could freak them out so much they would not even think of eating it, like one user who wrote: “Nah, I’m not that hungry, thanks.”
The sheepshead uses its human-like incisors and molars to smash its prey, which is primarily mussels and crustaceans, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.