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Hum    6,930

Mario Ba?aga has fished Cabo San Lucas waters for 18 years, and some of his friends have even more experience. But Ba?aga and his friends had never seen the type of denizen reeled in Thursday off the Baja California resort destination.

The ?mystery fish,? caught aboard a skiff called Gloria, had a face like that of a bulldog. :huh:

It boasted an upturned face, as though it had run into a wall, and an enormous gaping mouth.

Ba?aga, who charters boats via the Cabo San Lucas Marlin Club, on Thursday posted photos of the 7-pound fish on Facebook, and the ID guessing game began.

?Dang, that?s out of ?Star Wars,?? one comment read.

Ratfish, frog fish, and sculpin were among the guesses.

Another commenter quipped, ?Angry hungover fish saying, ?Leave me in peace.??

Finally, Eric Brictson, who runs Gordo Banks Pangas north of Cabo San Lucas, correctly identified the fish as a Pacific stargazer. It?s a species that is seldom encountered by humans, truly bizarre and, it turns out, not to be messed with.

Ba?aga and his friends were not aware that these bottom-dwelling lie-in-wait predators, which are found at depths of 50 feet or more, are capable of delivering an electrical shock of about 50 volts?not enough to harm a human but a jolt nonetheless.

More worrisome, had Ba?aga and his friends known, is that Pacific stargazers possess Poisonous spines above the pectoral fins and behind the gill cover.

Reads a passage in a species profile on Mexfish.com: ?Caution! Venom from this fish has been reported to cause death in humans and therefore it should not be handled.?

Ba?aga was not aware of this, but said, ?Something told me to handle this fish very carefully.?

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Growled    3,880

Finally, Eric Brictson, who runs Gordo Banks Pangas north of Cabo San Lucas, correctly identified the fish as a Pacific stargazer. It?s a species that is seldom encountered by humans, truly bizarre and, it turns out, not to be messed with.

One look at it will tell you don't mess with it. One mean looking sucker.

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Hum    6,930

Nature, please stop being weird. :s

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Growled    3,880

Nature, please stop being weird. :s

Looks like one of your alien friends. :p

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M_Lyons10    452

One look at it will tell you don't mess with it. One mean looking sucker.

Indeed. LOL

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Arachno 1D    7,991

Spawn of the Stomach Burster

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Charisma    2,388

Nature, please stop being weird. :s

No way. Nature is weird and awesome.

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Stoffel    1,810

cool fish.

I run into a northern or southern stargazer only a few times a year.

They are prettier then this one though

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