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It was caught approximately 35 miles off the coast of North Carolina. I've been a charter fisherman for more than 25 years and never seen anything like it. Thanks for your help!

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you add the size? It's quite difficult to judge from the photo. $\endgroup$ – arboviral Oct 31 '16 at 13:47
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i think this is a frogfish. there is multiple types of this fish. i think this is an Ocellated frogfish. frogfishes related to anglerfishes. memorizing animals by classification eventually helps with identification. little google search and using fishbase site about information helps. this sites very helpful about finding fishes.

fisbase frogfishes

frogfish site

this link says it can be found on North Carolina

here i think this is your fish

another one

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