Bizarre fish with 'human' mouth baffles social media users

Bizarre fish with 'human' mouth baffles social media users

Sometimes the animal kingdom just throws something out that makes us raise an eyebrow and wonder what Mother Nature was thinking.

For example, social media users have been left utterly confused by a fish that looks like it is playing around with a Snapchat filter.

The pictures in question were uploaded to Twitter earlier this month by user Raff Nasir.

Sharing two photos of the fish that genuinely gave me a flashback to a kiss I once endured at a high school party, Nasir captioned the images: "bibir dia lagi seksi dari aku" - which translates to "Her lips are hotter than mine" from Indonesian.

As of this writing, the tweet has amassed over 14,000 likes and 8.3K comments and retweets.

In fact, many Twitter users couldn't quite believe what they were seeing.

One Twitter user responded saying: "It has long been known that there are already alien creatures amongst us. Not necessarily as we know it."

A second even joked: "Kylie Jenner is shaking in her boots."

And another joked that the fish got hit with the machine from the Monsters Inc movie.

Others decided to give the fish the makeover it was oh-so desperate for:

But despite looking like a half-human, half-fish mash-up - this creature is actually a triggerfish.

Per National Geographic, there are "40 species of triggerfish are scattered throughout the world's seas", and they use their strong jaws and teeth to "take on sea urchins, flipping them over to get at their bellies".

It also turns out that triggerfish are a rather unfriendly species, and are "infamous for their nasty attitude and this behavior is especially evident around nests, where intruders, from other fish to human divers, are likely to be charged or bitten."

Earlier this month, a picture of a "human-sized" bat also caught the attention of Twitter users - which gained even more notoriety after it was revealed that the picture was real and not photoshopped.

"Remember when I told y'all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about," the image was captioned.

And while "human-sized" might be something of a stretch, there's no getting away from the fact that this is one utterly colossal bat.

One commenter replied to the original tweet, writing, "Heya, from the Philippines here. I can confirm this, they have a huuuuuge wingspan but the bodies are not really that big, more or less like the same body as a medium (bit smaller) sized dog. And yeah they only eat fruits, guavas most particularly. They're really gentle too."

Another Twitter user wrote, "The idea scared me at first, but now that I think about it I'd probably have a fruit basket ready for them just in case."

While the images are indeed real, as confirmed by Snopes last year, they may still give a slightly unrealistic perspective on just how big these giant bats are, given that social media posts labeled them as "human-sized." Nevertheless, the flying fox bat species - one of the largest in the world - have a wingspan growing to nearly 5 1/2 feet.