Twitter user named Preeti Desai found the dead creature, which was apparently eyeless and had fangs, on a beach in Texas City, and asked other internet users to help identify it.
Desai posted several photos with the caption: "Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?"
"It was completely unexpected, it's not something that you'd typically see on a beach," she told the BBC. "I thought it could be something from the deep sea that might have washed on to shore."
As the post took Twitter by storm, it eventually reached Dr. Kenneth Tighe of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, who believes the dead creature is a tusky eel.
However, he also thinks it could belong to another eel family.
"It might be Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides," he told EarthTouch News. "All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth. Too bad you can't clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids."
Hurricane Harvey claimed the lives of at least 70 people. Over 100,000 homes have been damaged and destroyed, leaving many displaced.
But it's not just the people who have been affected — as seen in the case of the mysterious eel-like creature.
As International Fund For Animal Welfare noted, "Hurricane Harvey’s devastating winds and rains were no match for the wildlife in its path. Trees that house birds and squirrel nests, underground dens for small mammals, and coast lines where marine life thrive were all ravaged by the storm."
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