A keen fisherman from New Zealand was left baffled when he caught this translucent shrimp like creature swimming near the surface of the ocean.
Stewart Fraser, was fishing with sons Conaugh and Finn 40 miles north of the Karikari Peninsula when he spotted the mysterious ‘shrimp’ floating near the top of the sea.
Stewart said: “I was in two minds whether to haul it in, but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a closer look.
He added: “It felt scaly and was quite firm, almost jelly like, and you couldn’t see anything inside aside from this orange little blob inside it.
The photo baffled Stewart and all of his fisherman friends, who are still none more the wise as to what the creature could have been.
Stewart said: “We have no idea what it could have been but it was quite something and I’d never seen anything like it before.”
However, a number of experts believe the mysterious sea creature could be a salpa maggiore (salpa maxima) fish.
The fish are often found in cold seas with the majority of them found in the Southern Ocean.
The creatures have a gelatinous body and they move by contracting and pumping water through its body.