Bizarre half-alligator, half-fish creature found on British canal path 

Bizarre half-alligator, half-fish creature which can grow up to ten feet in length is found on British canal path

Caroline Brown, 51, spotted the carcass on the footpath in Risca, south WalesThe bizarre creature had long snout and razor-sharp teeth with the body of a fishIt is now thought to be alligator gar usually found 4,800 miles away in America

A half-alligator, half-fish creature which can grow up to ten feet in length has left people stunned after it washed up on a British footpath.

Caroline Brown, 51, was walking her dog along the canal in Risca, south Wales, when she spotted the carcass which had a long snout and dozens of razor-sharp teeth.

The bizarre finding is thought to be an alligator gar – an aquatic animal usually found 4,800 miles away in America – although it is not yet known how it ended up on the bank.

Caroline Brown, 51, was walking her dog along the canal in Risca, south Wales, when she spotted the carcass which had a long snout and dozens of razor-sharp teeth 

The bizarre finding is thought to be an alligator gar - an aquatic animal usually found 4,800 miles away in America - although it is not yet known how it ended up on the bank

The bizarre finding is thought to be an alligator gar – an aquatic animal usually found 4,800 miles away in America – although it is not yet known how it ended up on the bank 

What is an alligator gar? 

Alligator gars can grow up to ten feet in length and up to 350 pounds in weight.

They are thought to be the largest fish species in North America that spends almost all its time in freshwater. 

The species pose no direct threat to humans but their eggs can prove poisonous to humans if ingested due to their toxicity levels which serve as a defense mechanism against predators such as crustaceans.

Gars have few natural predators and primarily eat fish, blue crabs, small turtles, waterfowl and small mammals.

They are registered as ‘least concern’ on the endangered species list but it is illegal to keep them as pets in the UK. 



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