Sailors have been left "creeped out" after pulling, out of the water, an animal with the body of a shark and the face of a pig...

Sailors recently went viral when they made a discovery that left everyone stunned...


After they found an animal with the face of a pig and the body of a shark.

The unusual animal was spotted by naval officers in the water at the Darsena Medicea marina in the town of Portoferraio, Elba. 

Believing it was a shark at first, they pulled it out of the water and received quite the surprise...

They had found an extremely rare animal that has since been identified as an Angular roughshark (Oxynotus centrina).


The Angular roughshark, sometimes known as the pig-faced shark, normally lives up to 2,300 feet below the surface of the water and is extremely rare.

So rare, that it's listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered, meaning it is rarely spotted.

As per the Mirror, Yuri Tiberto of the Elba Aquarium spoke with local media where he revealed that, although rare, it was not uncommon for the animal to be seen in local waters.

"It is commonly called a 'pig fish' because when it comes out of the water it emits a kind of grunt," he said.

"In the sea of the Tuscan archipelago, so rich in biodiversity... it is not uncommon to find this fish, and I can safely say that I often receive reports telling me of 'pig fish' that have ended up in local fishing nets."


"I also tried for a period to host it in one of the tanks at the aquarium, but soon I gave up because I saw that it is a species that does not adapt to captivity," he added.

The Angular roughshark is most commonly known to live in the East Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.