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Divers Photograph Unknown Creature in Florida

HOMOSASSA, Fla. — A Florida couple are asking for help trying to identify the underwater creature they photographed in Citrus County.

Jen Carter told Cryptozoology News that she and her boyfriend were scalloping with friends when they came across the animal in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

“My boyfriend found this thing. It was way bigger than a normal scallop and when he went to grab it, part of it came out of the shell, ” she said.

Carter, who submitted the photograph taken by her boyfriend, says that the creature had “a little mouth” and that as it came out of the shell it “tried to bite” the man.

The image shows a long-necked being with an apparent scaleless gray skin. From the angle the picture was taken, no eyes can be seen on its head.

The shell, says Carter, was about 8 inches long.

The creature shows its head and teeth as Carter's boyfriend snaps a photograph. Credit: Jen Carter

The creature shows its head and teeth as Carter’s boyfriend snaps a photograph. Credit: Jen Carter

creature homosassa zoomed in

The woman says that, so far, no one has been able to identify the creature.

“The FWC (Florida Fish and Water Conservation) said maybe it was invasive but didn’t know. I have since talked to our scalloping guide and he thinks it might be multiple creatures. He mentioned a lizard fish living in a tube worm shell. I looked those up and they are nothing like this. Still unsure what it is and have yet to get a positive ID from anyone,” explained Carter, adding that she hopes that Cryptozoology News readers come up with a solution to the mystery.

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  1. Dorian

    July 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Appears to be an aged fetus of some sort?

    • stu g

      July 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Looks like some kind of a snake or eel. I’ve done scalloping in that area and never run across something like that.

  2. Michael

    July 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Looks a turtle head to me.

  3. scapula

    July 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    why take/share only 1 picture in situations like this?

  4. SloppyFrenchKisser

    July 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I saw that thing burst out of a dude’s chest in the movie Alien.

  5. Noodle

    July 12, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Looks like a type of Newt or maybe a turtle.

    • Lurholm

      July 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

      There are no newts in salt water. Could be a turtle though, it’s kinda hard to tell from this one photo.

  6. Brett Allen

    July 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Killer Klam from Outter Spaaaaaaaace! Or a turtle.


    July 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Florida – grew up there in Tampa/Sarasota back in the 70’s -Florida has a softshell Turtle, and this sure looks like a Mutant or Agonized Softshell Turtle !

  8. jeff pogan

    July 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

    snapping turtle

  9. Craig Williams

    September 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I think i saw this in my toilet once…..

  10. Katheen

    July 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Looks like a stuck turtle!!!!

  11. Darr

    July 13, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Its the internal portion to a mollusk just not opened all the way yet once it is it would be flat and it would also use into move as well

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