Fisherman pulls massive, shrimp-like mystery creature from water

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-05 17:01:21-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (PIX11) – A Florida fisherman tossed his line in off the dock, and, after reeling it in, found himself face-to-face with a strange-looking, shrimp-like creature.

Another fisherman named Steve Bargeron said that the 18-inch animal started striking its own tale, so, without hesitating, he grabbed it along its back like a lobster.

Bargeron snapped a few photos of the odd,  and sent them to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to try to figure out what it was.

According to the FWC, scientists aren’t sure but think it may be some type of mantis shrimp, which is actually not a shrimp at all, but a type of crustacean called a stomatopod.