The surprise was great for these naval officers. While sailing in the open sea, off the island of Elba, they found a strange creature floating in the water. They retrieve it and find that the animal has the body of a shark and the head of a pig.

In fact, it is a rare specimen of fish, the scientific name of which is “Oxynotus Centrina”, more commonly known as the “pigfish”. The animal, which lives between 100 and 700 meters deep, is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

La Stampa explains that the animal, which was found lifeless, was handed over to the harbor master’s office for study.


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