Villagers in Alaska have seen strange looking fish with rows of teeth and multiple tongues fall from the skies.
Locals of a small Alaskan town are terrified of the foot-long monsters landing in their gardens, streets and car parks. The ‘vampire fish’ are raining down from the skies above Fairbanks giving the residents nightmares. The Arctic lamprey fish has five rows of sharp teeth and is not sold locally nor found in local rivers.
The Eel like creatures burrow their way through the scales of other fish before penetrating into the soft tissue, where they can then feast on the juices of their prey.
The Mirror reports:
Families are terrified of the bizarre creatures, which they are labelling ‘vampire fish’ or ‘fish monsters.’
Lamprey use their sharp rows of teeth to latch onto other fish by piercing through their scales before using its tongue to suck up their blood and fluids.
While many fish die due to the severity of their injuries, some do survive.
A quick-thinking shop owner who found a live lamprey in his car park measuring roughly 15 inches long managed to save it by keeping it in a bucket of fresh water.
But it was too late for another stunned man who found one lying dead in his garden.
A spokesperson for the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game said: “This past week we received calls about arctic lamprey found in strange locations.
“The local Value Village store found a live lamprey in their parking lot and placed it in a bucket of water. Another resident called and said he found one on his lawn! 4 lamprey were found on land so far. How is this happening?”
According to Alaskan news website NewsMiner, Arctic lampreys have an anadromous lifecycle like salmon.
They’re born along muddy riverbanks, where they live for several years, before travelling to the ocean and return to fresh water to spawn.
The Alaskan Department of Fish and Game believe they may have cracked why the eels are ‘raining from the sky’.
A spokesperson added: “The answer is probably gulls.
“Gulls are picking them out of the Chena River with their bills and then dropping the squirming critters while in flight.
“Look closely at the bruising and cut marks. These marks are also on the other side of the lamprey. Evidence that they were squeezed between the bill of a gull.”
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