Two anglers were stunned recently when they caught a fish which appeared to have two mouths in a US lake in a stunning find.
Debbie Geddes, from Plattsburgh, New York state, was fishing on Lake Champlain on the US-Canadian border when she made the “once in a lifetime” catch.
She told reporters how she could feel her catch dragging in the water more than usual when she tried to reel it in.
But she put this down to it being a bigger than average fish.
Debbie said: “I actually commented, ‘I hope it’s as big as it feels!'”
But she was left in shock when she reeled in a normal-sized lake trout with two large mouths.
“They were in disbelief, it’s just unreal,” said Adam Facteau, spokesman for the Knotty Boys Fishing team, which Debbie belongs to.
Debbie went on: “When we got it in the boat I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!”
She said that despite seemingly having two mouths, the fish appeared to be “healthy and thriving”.
Debbie and her husband took some pictures and released it back into the lake.
The pictures were eventually posted on Facebook by Adam, where they were quickly shared thousands of times.
There have since been a number of theories as to what could have caused the fish to have two mouths.
Some believe it’s down to pollution in Lake Champlain, which straddles the borders of New York and Vermont.
Adam said: “Lake Champlain is known as being a sewage dumping ground from Canada and Vermont.”
Debbie thinks that the second mouth was actually caused by a previous injury, possibly due to being caught by another angler.
It’s not the first time a bizarre creature from the depths has caused confusion.
Last month, a mutant “testicle-eater” fish with human-like teeth was caught by a fisherman in Peru.