On the outside, the skin has a slippery and spiky shell with six massive openings dotted around its surface..

From the various holes, organs similar to mussels and sporting what appear to be teeth shoot out from behind rainbow-coloured flaps.

Despite being viewed more than 600,000 times on social media, nobody has been able to identify the sea monster.

Mathew Wallace, from Palmdale, California, said: “I have never seen anything like this creature in 40 years of sport fishing.

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