Giant Rat Tail

Unknown marine Fish.

P^hysical description: Length, 6-10 feet. Distribution: North Atlantic Ocean. Significant sightings: Two observations—one in deep water near Bermuda in the 1930s, another above the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico in the 1960s.

P^ossible explanation: Unknown species of Grenadier or Rat-tail (Family Macrouridae) of exceptional size. Macrourids are deepwater fishes with sharply narrowing tails. There are 285 species, the largest of which is the Giant grenadier (Albatrossia pectoralis), which grows to 5 feet long.

Source: Gardner Soule, Mystery Monsters of the Deep (New York: Franklin Watts, 1981).

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