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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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.