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TravelGuides – The cheeseburger fish! Bizarre sea creature discovered by Russian fisherman

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TravelGuides – The cheeseburger fish! Bizarre sea creature discovered by Russian fisherman

A Russian fisherman has discovered an ocean creature that bears a striking resemblance to a cheeseburger. 

Roman Fedortsov, 39, scours for cod, haddock and mackerel on commercial trawlers and sometimes fishes up to 3,000ft below the surface. 

In doing so, the Murmansk-based fisherman reels in a variety of bizarre-looking sea creatures, the latest of which has been dubbed the ‘cheeseburger with teeth’ by people online who were stunned by its unique appearance.  

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The main course was even accompanied by a dessert – you would be forgiven if you mistook another creature hauled to the surface by Fedortsov for a juicy jam donut. 

These sea-snacks are just two of a wide variety of weird and wonderful sea critters discovered by Fedortsov, who has become somewhat of an internet sensation for his incredible photos of the alien like ocean dwellers.

Fedortsov discovered most of the creatures in the Norwegian and Barents seas in north Russia, but has also found a few strange-looking beasts in the depths of the Atlantic. 

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The 'cheeseburger fish' - this deep sea find has been compared to a cheeseburger, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and even a chicken sandwich by viewers online thanks to its slimy, orange appearance

The ‘cheeseburger fish’ – this deep sea find has been compared to a cheeseburger, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and even a chicken sandwich by viewers online thanks to its slimy, orange appearance

Anyone for dessert? This sea creature which at first glance appears to be a succulent jam donut was among the sea critters hauled to the surface by Fedortsov along with the 'cheeseburger fish'

Anyone for dessert? This sea creature which at first glance appears to be a succulent jam donut was among the sea critters hauled to the surface by Fedortsov along with the ‘cheeseburger fish’

Fedortsov discovered most of the creatures in the Norwegian and Barents seas in north Russia, but has also found a few strange-looking beasts in the depths of the Atlantic.

Fedortsov discovered most of the creatures in the Norwegian and Barents seas in north Russia, but has also found a few strange-looking beasts in the depths of the Atlantic.

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A scaled fish caught by Roman Fedortsov. He holds its head up to photograph it, with its eyes bulging. Fedortsov scours for cod, haddock and mackerel on commercial trawlers but also catches a variety of bizarre-looking sea creatures

A scaled fish caught by Roman Fedortsov. He holds its head up to photograph it, with its eyes bulging. Fedortsov scours for cod, haddock and mackerel on commercial trawlers but also catches a variety of bizarre-looking sea creatures

These huge red beast has shocked viewers with its bulging eyes and what appears to be a huge, protruding organ

These huge red beast has shocked viewers with its bulging eyes and what appears to be a huge, protruding organ

Sea anemone: This creature is a striking shade of orange and its bulging white eyes give it the look of a cartoon character. Although they resemble flowers, sea anemones are predatory animals

Sea anemone: This creature is a striking shade of orange and its bulging white eyes give it the look of a cartoon character. Although they resemble flowers, sea anemones are predatory animals

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The jaw of one of Roman Fedortsov's deep-sea finds is shown prised open, displaying a row of jagged teeth lining the inside of its mouth, and another group of smaller teeth near the rear of its throat

The jaw of one of Roman Fedortsov’s deep-sea finds is shown prised open, displaying a row of jagged teeth lining the inside of its mouth, and another group of smaller teeth near the rear of its throat

Pictured: A cusk, a North Atlantic fish similar to a cod, is shown with its eyes bulging, along with a strange growth on its back

Pictured: A cusk, a North Atlantic creature similar to a cod, appears to have tentacles coming out of its mouth

Pictured: A pair of cusks, a North Atlantic fish similar to a cod. Both are shown with their eyes bulging after being caught by Fedortsov. The left cusk has a strange growth on its back, while the right cusk appears to have tentacles protruding from its yawning mouth

The under-side of a gaping flatfish, half of which appears to have lost its scales. A skin-like colour is contrasted with its darker green-brown scales seen on the right, which also have specks of red and orange

The under-side of a gaping flatfish, half of which appears to have lost its scales. A skin-like colour is contrasted with its darker green-brown scales seen on the right, which also have specks of red and orange

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Pictured: Fedortsov holds a fish upside-down to photograph its underside, showing an unusual suction-like growth

Pictured: Fisherman Roman Fedortsov holds a creature he reeled in from the depths of the ocean, which looks like a sea centipede

Left: Roman Fedortsov holds a fish upside-down to photograph its underside, showing an unusual suction-like growth. Right: The fisherman shows off another creature he reeled in from the depths of the ocean, which looks like a sea centipede

The images have left social media users stunned as Fedortsov’s profiles continue to gain masses of followers.

Curious Instagram users have been questioning what the cheeseburger-like creature is in the comments section, with more than 11,000 liking the post. 

One person commented: ‘Holy c**p I didn’t even realise that was a fish, while another added: ‘I thought this was the new chicken sandwich to eat at first’.  

Some of the other recent additions to Fedortsov’s collection include an alien-headed fish, and another with what looks like bizarre tentacles protruding from its mouth. 

Another ancient-looking fish appears to have teeth worn down by overuse that are constantly being replaced by fresh teeth coming from the back of its mouth.

The trawlerman has become something of a celebrity online from his pictures, with many of his images going viral even though he admits that he often has little idea what most of them are, and which he shares out of curiosity.

Despite the many comments that he gets, he said that he found all of the fish fascinating and did not share the opinion of many that they were ugly monsters.

He said: ‘In their own way all of these creatures are beautiful.’

He fishes mostly in the Barents Sea, off the northern coasts of Russia, which opens into the Arctic Ocean. But he also travels to other parts of the world, including the Atlantic Ocean, off Africa. 

This sea pike - which appears to be smiling as it shows its teeth - is among the newest batch of bizarre-looking sea creatures collected by fisherman Roman Fedortsov. Experts say that the pike can live for up to 25 years and catch other fish and small mammals

This sea pike – which appears to be smiling as it shows its teeth – is among the newest batch of bizarre-looking sea creatures collected by fisherman Roman Fedortsov. Experts say that the pike can live for up to 25 years and catch other fish and small mammals

Shrimp: This creature is small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand, but looks almost like a tree with limbs and antennae that appear like branches and roots

Shrimp: This creature is small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand, but looks almost like a tree with limbs and antennae that appear like branches and roots 

Wolf-fish v isopod: This sea creature was raised to the surface just after it had devoured a much smaller form of aquatic life. Experts describe the Atlantic wolf-fish as a 'fearsome-looking' species which is a rare catch for fishermen

Wolf-fish v isopod: This sea creature was raised to the surface just after it had devoured a much smaller form of aquatic life. Experts describe the Atlantic wolf-fish as a ‘fearsome-looking’ species which is a rare catch for fishermen 

Black scabbardfish: This jet-black creature has its mouth open, showing off its impressive set of teeth. Experts describe it as a deep-water predator which sometimes live thousands of feet under the surface

Black scabbardfish: This jet-black creature has its mouth open, showing off its impressive set of teeth. Experts describe it as a deep-water predator which sometimes live thousands of feet under the surface 

Starfish: This red-and-orange creature has also been among the Russian fisherman's batch of finds. Starfish are active predators and devour smaller forms of aquatic life such as mussels and clams, according to experts

Starfish: This red-and-orange creature has also been among the Russian fisherman’s batch of finds. Starfish are active predators and devour smaller forms of aquatic life such as mussels and clams, according to experts 

This scaly creature is small enough to be held in a person's left hand, blue beady eyes contrasting with its predominant green

This scaly creature is small enough to be held in a person’s left hand, blue beady eyes contrasting with its predominant green

King crab: The photographer almost seems to be shaking hands with this terrifying-looking creature, believed to be a king crab which is one of the largest known crustaceans

King crab: The photographer almost seems to be shaking hands with this terrifying-looking creature, believed to be a king crab which is one of the largest known crustaceans 

A squid

Fedortsov has discovered a range of incredible looking creatures during his travels, including this squid with bright blue eyes

This creature's eyes almost seem as though they are looking imploringly at the person holding it after it was brought to the surface

This creature’s eyes almost seem as though they are looking imploringly at the person holding it after it was brought to the surface 

This emerald-green fish is one of the sea creatures captured by fisherman Roman Fedortsov on his commercial trawling expeditions in northern Russia

This emerald-green fish is one of the sea creatures captured by fisherman Roman Fedortsov on his commercial trawling expeditions in northern Russia

A stoplight loosejaw

This toad-like fish is among the odd-looking sea creatures trawled up in the boat's nets

Pictured left, a stoplight loosejaw, and right, a dark green toad-like creature, two of the unusual sea creatures brought to the surface. The loosejaw gets its name from the fact that their mouths can open widely to swallow large prey 

Sea spiders: Creatures such as these walk on the ocean floor on their legs. This one is smaller than the size of a human palm

Sea spiders: Creatures such as these walk on the ocean floor on their legs. This one is smaller than the size of a human palm

Puffer fish: This toothy specimen is one of a species of aquatic creatures which puff themselves up when threatened. The four large teeth are used to crush their prey

Puffer fish: This toothy specimen is one of a species of aquatic creatures which puff themselves up when threatened. The four large teeth are used to crush their prey

An unidentified orange-yellow creature is held in the photographer's hand

A dark-green cusk, a North Atlantic creature similar to a cod

Pictured left: An unidentified orange-yellow creature is held in the photographer’s hand; right: a dark-green cusk, a North Atlantic creature similar to a cod

He said that the huge array of different creatures that he was finding was confirmation of anything that so little of the ocean depths have really been explored by man.

The photographer, who studied marine science at university in Murmansk and is an expert on processing and preparing fish, has shared the bizarre images on his social media accounts.

The fisherman previously said: ‘All kinds of fish are beautiful in their own way. I can not say that they are ‘scary’ or ‘ugly’. People are very interested in unusual sea creatures,’ he added.

‘Readers have the impression that with each trawl we bring aboard unusual fish specimens,’ the fisherman added. ‘In fact, this is far from the case. It is a rarity.

‘On the other hand, even a famous fish can be photographed so that it will seem to be a ‘monster’.’ Most of the raised fish do not survive due to the difference in pressure, he added. 

This creature with a domed head seems to have its mouth agape as it is held up for a photo after being raised to the surface

This creature with a domed head seems to have its mouth agape as it is held up for a photo after being raised to the surface

Pale toadfish: This spotted red creature is one of a heavy-bodied species of toadfish which sometimes grow to 16 inches long

Pale toadfish: This spotted red creature is one of a heavy-bodied species of toadfish which sometimes grow to 16 inches long

Anglerfish: This deep-sea creature appears glossy black on top, with blue patches on its body and sharp teeth

Anglerfish: This deep-sea creature appears glossy black on top, with blue patches on its body and sharp teeth 

These creatures hardly look like animals at all, small enough that four of them can fit in a human hand like pieces of food

These creatures hardly look like animals at all, small enough that four of them can fit in a human hand like pieces of food 

Psolus phantapus: The photographer is wearing gloves to take this picture of a species of sea cucumber, which grow to have orange and white tentacles and can be as long as eight inches

Psolus phantapus: The photographer is wearing gloves to take this picture of a species of sea cucumber, which grow to have orange and white tentacles and can be as long as eight inches 

A remora, which attaches itself to the undersides of sharks and rays to scavenge scraps that fall from their mouths

A remora, which attaches itself to the undersides of sharks and rays to scavenge scraps that fall from their mouths 

Brown psolus, a U-shaped relative of the sea cucumber, which attaches itself to rocks with the rectangular sole seen on the left, and extends its tentacles to feed 

Big boy: This creature - a big sunfish - is one of the larger catches on the trawler where it is pictured with two crew members

Big boy: This creature – a big sunfish – is one of the larger catches on the trawler where it is pictured with two crew members

The brown psolus in the centre, a relative of the sea cucumber, shows its feeding tentacles

The brown psolus in the centre, a relative of the sea cucumber, shows its feeding tentacles

This horrifying unidentified cyclops dragged to the surface by the Russian fisherman may be a species of flatfish

This horrifying unidentified cyclops dragged to the surface by the Russian fisherman may be a species of flatfish

An unidentified sea animal, bright orange on top, which was caught in the nets of the Russian trawler from Murmansk

An unidentified sea animal, bright orange on top, which was caught in the nets of the Russian trawler from Murmansk

A close-up view of one of the unidentified bug-eyed fish caught in the trawler's nets

A close-up view of one of the unidentified bug-eyed fish caught in the trawler’s nets

Another big-mouthed predator caught in the nets of the trawler, by a fisherman who studied marine science at university

Another big-mouthed predator caught in the nets of the trawler, by a fisherman who studied marine science at university

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