A snap of a fisherman holding the bloody, impaled body of a sea lamprey aloft has gone viral… and given everyone nightmares.
The somewhat phallic looking, fanged creature, was posted on Reddit under the seemingly innocuous header “Friend also caught this fishing in NJ.’
Those who clicked, expecting some oversize yet nevertheless innocuous species of fish, were left clawing at their own eyes in an attempt to unsee the horror before them.
What’s more, these beasts are no sick Photoshop job, they’re real.
The snaps have been traced back to the Facebook page of fisherman Doug Cutler, who speared the beast with a bow fishing arrow. The rest of Cutler’s images boast a host of oversized sea life so it looks like this particular boat outing was just another day at the office for him.
The shot has since clocked up 1.2million views with many left aghast and rather hoping the image has been doctored in some way.