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Cannibalistic lancetfish washes up on a beach in San Diego

A four-foot cannibalistic lancetfish washed up on the California coast, and though dead, the fish was found intact with its long silver body, ribbed black fins and piercing blue eyes.

The vicious creature was found on San Diego’s La Jolla Shores, but usually lives between the ocean’s surface and about 6,000 feet below.

It’s unclear how the lancet fish came to land, but a piece is missing from its neck that experts say are tears from seagulls nibbling on the dead fish.

The carcass is now in the hands of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the team was able to study the stomach contents, which showed that the fish consume large amounts of microplastics.

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A four-foot cannibalistic lancetfish washed up on the California coast and though dead, the fish was found intact with its long silver body, ribbed black fins and piercing blue eyes.

Beachgoers spotted the long, skinny fish on the beach last Tuesday – Scripps just made the announcement of the find on Friday.

The lancet fish isn’t a particularly rare spot, but this is the first to have been preserved by the institution since 1996 and the only 17th to have been preserved on a San Diego beach since 1947.

Manager Ben Fable said: CNN the fish was found alive off La Jolla Shores by beachgoers, but survived not too long after.

Frable suspects the fish ended up on the beach for various reasons, but suspects it swam away from a predator and got caught in the current.

It's unclear how the lancet fish came to land, but a piece is missing from its neck that the expert says are tears from seagulls nibbling on the dead fish.

It’s unclear how the lancet fish came to land, but a piece is missing from its neck that the expert says are tears from seagulls nibbling on the dead fish.

The carcass is now in the hands of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the team was able to study the stomach contents, showing that the fish consume large amounts of microplastics

The carcass is now in the hands of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the team was able to study the stomach contents, showing that the fish consume large amounts of microplastics

In addition to feasting on its own kind, lancets are also hermaphrodites, animals with both male and female reproductive organs.

In addition to feasting on its own kind, lancets are also hermaphrodites, animals with both male and female reproductive organs

In addition to feasting on its own kind, lancets are also hermaphrodites, animals with both male and female reproductive organs

And this one, in particular, is on the small side – lanceolate fish can grow up to six feet in length.

Along with the lancet fish, the Scripps Institution for Oceanography also tweeted about a Pacific football fish that washed up on a beach in San Diego last month.

The deep-sea fish was discovered by Jay Beiler, who was walking along the shore at Black’s Beach in Torrey Pine, 10News reported.

Beiler spotted a strange-looking object on the beach on Saturday, November 13, and initially thought it was a jellyfish.

After a closer look, he realized it was something much rarer and reported it to Scripps, who determined it was a Pacific football fish.

The Pacific football fish, also known as Himantolophus sagamius, usually lives in waters that are 3,000 feet deep and is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish.

Along with the lancet fish, the Scripps Institution for Oceanography also tweeted about a Pacific football fish that washed up on a beach in San Diego last month.

Along with the lancet fish, the Scripps Institution for Oceanography also tweeted about a Pacific football fish that washed up on a beach in San Diego last month.

The Pacific football fish, also known as Himantolophus sagamius, usually lives in waters that are 3,000 feet deep and is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish

The Pacific football fish, also known as Himantolophus sagamius, usually lives in waters that are 3,000 feet deep and is one of more than 200 species of anglerfish

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography says the last time a fish like this washed up in San Diego was 20 years ago in December 2001 at Dog Beach in Del Mar, and this is the third time it’s been known to wash up in California.

Females can grow up to 24 inches while males only grow to about an inch in length and their sole purpose on this planet is to find a female and reproduce.

But when a male finds its mate, it grabs onto the female with their teeth and becomes a ‘sexual parasite’ that eventually merges with the female until nothing is left of their form but their testicles for reproduction.

The male becomes completely dependent on the female for the supply of nutrients, like a developing fetus in a mother’s womb.

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