A fish with a strange mutation caused a stir when it was reeled in from the depths of an upstate New York-area lake.
The fish, hauled in from Lake Champlain earlier this month, floored the angler who caught it thanks to an addition not normally seen on aquatic creatures.
“[I] pulled it in and it felt extra heavy this time,” Debbie Geddes, the angler who landed the mutated lake trout, told WPTZ. “I was like, OK, this is a good one!”
She had no idea she was reeling in the catch of a lifetime.
When the fish finally cleared the water, it became clear that this run-of-the-mill fishing trip was about to take a bizarre turn.
Geddes was shocked when she pulled in her fish, and saw a second mouth on the trout.
It appears that Geddes (wisely) decided not to turn this strange creature into dinner, and released it back into the depths.
Lake Champlain already allegedly hosts a mysterious creature named Champ.
Fans of the long-necked, Nessie-style lake monster even host a “Champ Day” celebrating the mythical beast.
Champ, the monster of Lake Champlain, taken in 1977. pic.twitter.com/spY8DlETmW
— The Unexplained (@Unexplained) July 22, 2014
Champ may be a myth, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t strange things beneath the waves.
As can be seen in the undeniable photos of the double-mouthed trout, there is definitely at least one strange fish lurking in the waters of Lake Champlain.
Although it’s unclear what caused the odd mutation, some theorized toxic waste could be the culprit. Others even blamed President Donald Trump, according to Adam Facteu, a co-worker of Geddes.
The “double mouth” could have come from a mutated gene that gave the fish the grisly addition.
While it’s impossible to tell just how many of these mutated fish are living in the lake’s waters, Geddes has a message for any angler on a mission to catch one: “Good luck.”
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