Rare Lancetfish washes ashore along NC coast

A Lancetfish was found Monday in Nags Head on a beach south of Jennette’s Pier. (Photographer: Leif Rasmussen via Daryl Law)

A Lancetfish was found Monday in Nags Head on a beach south of Jennette’s Pier. (Photographer: Leif Rasmussen via Daryl Law)

(Photo: Leif Rasmussen via Daryl Law)

(Photo: Leif Rasmussen via Daryl Law)

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – A rarely seen deep sea fish washed up on the beaches of North Carolina on Monday evening.

WGHP-TV reported the Lancetfish was found in Nags Head.

These fish have long slender bodies (up to 6 feet in length) with oversized eyes, mouth and a large dorsal fin. They are believed to eat planktonic crustaceans, squid, and salps, as well as other fish.

They live in oceans all over the world and are often caught by tuna fishermen.

A November 2006 photo of a Lancetfish (Photo: NOAA)

A November 2006 photo of a Lancetfish (Photo: NOAA)