Roman Fedortsov, a trawler from Murmansk, Northwest Russia, has dedicated his career to exploring the depths of the sea in search of unknown and undocumented marine creatures. With a following of 650,000 on Instagram (@rfedortsov_official_account), he regularly shares snapshots of his astonishing finds, which often leave his followers both amazed and unsettled.
Fedortsov’s most recent discovery is no exception. He posted an image of a massive, black and grey spotted fish with distinct human-like teeth, including molars, in its mouth. The fish, identified by Fedortsov as a type of wolf eel, has large fins and an imposing presence.
The Instagram post quickly gained attention, accumulating 198,000 views, 7,800 likes, and numerous comments from intrigued users. In a video clip shared by Fedortsov, the fish lies flat before he opens its mouth to reveal its crowded jaw.
The caption of the post humorously read: “You can never have too many teeth. Especially the toothy teeth!”
Responses from Instagram users were a mix of fascination and amusement. One user commented, “Smile, Darling! You’re on candid camera! Magnificent creature!” Another user shared insights about wolf eels, mentioning their preference for consuming hard-shelled animals and their relatively non-aggressive nature.
Some users couldn’t help but draw comparisons to fictional creatures, with one writing, “First glance I thought it was a mutant seal!” Others marveled at the enigmatic beings that Fedortsov brings to light from the deep sea.
Wolf eels are known for their longevity, with a lifespan of up to 20 years. These creatures can grow as long as 2.4 meters and inhabit the cold waters of the North Pacific Ocean. Found from California to the Sea of Japan, they typically reside at depths of around 200 meters underwater.
Fedortsov’s intriguing finds continue to captivate social media audiences, showcasing the astonishing diversity that lies beneath the ocean’s surface.