Media reports of an unknown fish with eerie tusk-like spikes near its mouth and spines along its body has been caught off the coast of Borneo.
The discovery has baffled fisherman in the area and the authorities are also scrabbling to identify the foot-long species.
Locals have temporarily named it the Armour Fish, courtesy of its sharp spines on the top and bottom of its body, which gets progressively smaller towards the tail.
Angler Sapar Mansor, 43, from Taman Ceria, Permyjaya, caught the fish in the South China Sea near Tudan, Malaysia.
He told the Borneo Post: ‘This is the first time in my life that I have seen this type of fish. I brought it home to my wife and informed her of the rare catch.
Sapar said he and a friend went out in a fishing boat and travelled two hours from Miri River to the sea.
They started fishing at around 5am and landed his surprising catch about an hour after arriving at a location many miles from Miri.
Well the “creature” is an Armored searobin, They are found in deep tropical waters around the world. They are related to the searobins in the family Triglidae — and some authorities classify them in that family — but they are encased in heavy scales with prominent spines. They have prominent and often elaborate barbels on their chins.
Thank you Kenneth King !