This photograph of an "alien" supposedly caught in New Jersey during a fishing trip has gone viral with over 1.1 million views. It's been picked up by GrindTV.com and viewed by Reddit users hundreds of thousands of times. The total bandwidth usage so far? 73 GB in two days -- Pretty impressive, right? According to Reddit commenters, it appears to be a sea lamprey, a parasitic lamprey found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America, in the western Mediterranean Sea, and in the Great Lakes.
"It's also worth noting that it's by far the biggest one I have ever seen, it's enormous," says one Reddit commenter :
To everyone telling me about perspective, I know, I'm comparing it's size to the pole protruding from the open wound and it's still very large for a lamprey. You usually only see them about an inch to an inch and a half across. This guy's probably a good three inches in diameter.
Another commenter thinks it may have been killed with a bow fishing arrow:
I'm pretty sure it was killed with an arrow, more specifically a bow fishing arrow. You can see the line that connects the arrow to the bow hanging down behind his hand. I'm guessing it's almost 3 inches thick. Source: Avid Bowfisherman