What is THAT? Fishermen are left baffled after reeling in a terrifying-looking sea creature with a gaping mouth – and are lucky to escape uninjured
- Trio of fishermen out at Batemans Bay on south coast of NSW on December 28
- They reeled in a strange looking creature known as a coffin ray or numbfish
- Sea creature has an electric organ in each pectoral fin which can numb people
Three fishermen have caught a rare animal known as a coffin ray on the south coast of New South Wales.
Joseph Chalouhi, Ricky Wharepouri and Steve Ker were out fishing at Batemans Bay on December 28 when they reeled in the strange looking sea creature.
‘Everyone was crowding around; no one had seen anything like it before,’ Mr Ker told Illawarra Mercury.
Joseph Chalouhi, Ricky Wharepouri and Steve Ker were out fishing at Batemans Bay on December 28 when they reeled in the strange looking sea creature (pictured)
They eventually figured out it was a coffin ray, also known as a numbfish, which like its name suggests could numb those it attacks.
The group however didn’t know about its special numbing powers as they worked on removing the hook to release the ray back into the water.
‘I had never seen anything like it, but apparently if you touch it, it paralyses you and can be quite dangerous,’ Mr Ker explained.
‘We didn’t know at the time, so we got the hook out with some pliers.’
The trio read about the animal later and realised they should have just cut the line before letting the ray back into the water.
Mr Ker said they were ‘lucky’ to have escaped without any injury.
The trio came across the numb ray at Batemans Bay (pictured) on December 28
The coffin ray often hides under the sand and can produce powerful electric shocks to anyone who touches it.
Each of its pectoral fins contains an electric organ which can numb or paralyse the victim.
It can be found around southern Queensland, around the south of the country and north to the north-western coast of Western Australia.