A bloke caught a "living dinosaur" in a muddy river and the internet is stunned by the creature's bizarre appearance.
Henry Martin, an extreme angler, is passionate about Alligator Gars and educates people about the monster-sized fish on the Catching Dinosaurs YouTube and TikTok channels.
In one of his recent videos, he holds up an absolutely massive example of the species which is caught with a rope around its bulky midriff in Trinity River, Texas, the US.
Holding up the animal's head, he says to the camera: "Alright guys, I just wanted to show this off real quick.
"This is the largest alligator gar that I've ever caught."
He adds it's more than 8ft in length and probably "about 240lbs" and calls it a "beautiful fish", before promising to release her back into the river.
In the caption, he wrote: "Hit some buttons and let’s show this amazing living dinosaur to everyone on TikTok."
The video has been "liked" more than 220,000 times and thousands of people commented, with many sounding impressed.
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One viewer wrote: "Man is just casually holding a dinosaur."
"That's a fully grown pickle," said another viewer.
A third wrote: "What a giant alligator gar! Longest I caught was 5 1/2 ft in the couple of months I got to spend in Houston."
Someone else said: "Thank you for the catch and release. These gentle fish are often demonised for their looks.
"No record of them ever attacking a human."
Meanwhile, someone else with knowledge of the creatures estimated the one he caught was around 75 years old.
Fossils of the alligator gar date back to the Early Cretaceous period more than 100 million years ago, when non-avian dinosaurs still walked the planet.
The strange-looking animal can breathe both water and air thanks to having not only gills but also a vascularised swim bladder lung.
The predators also have razor-sharp teeth to catch their prey.
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