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Twitter user identifies ocean oddity washed up on SC shore

Source: D. Manning Bernstein via Twitter Source: D. Manning Bernstein via Twitter
Source: D. Manning Bernstein via Twitter Source: D. Manning Bernstein via Twitter

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – A strange creature that washed up on the Pawleys Island shore last month has been positively identified with the help of a keen-eyed Twitter user and the South Carolina Aquarium.

D. Manning Bernstein tweeted two pictures of the mysterious creature, tagging the Pawleys Island Police Department.  The department responded saying they don’t recognize it, and asked if anyone else in the Twitterverse could shed some light no it.

The South Carolina Aquarium responded to another inquisitive user, saying their Aquarist believes it is a Northern Stargazer. The creature in the photo looked similar, but the stargazer lacks the distinctive "buttons" running along the fish's body.

Bryan Summers, another Twitter user who goes by the handle @dixiedog72, pointed out that it that is looks like an upside-down Atlantic midshipman, which features the "buttons," or photophores, along its underbelly. Summers said he had help from a Facebook user on the fishing and hunting site thejump.net

@SCAquarium responded with this tweet: "Yes! One of our Senior Biologists examined the photos today & agrees w/ @dixiedog72. Great I.D.!"

The midshipman, a type of toadfish, is actually named for the photophores that run along its body, as they remind some of the buttons on a 19th-century naval uniform.

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