The freakish creature was spotted decaying on a U.S. beach in Texas City, Texas, once the superstorm had cleared.
The storm brought in 51 inches of rain at its most extreme point, a record for the contiguous United States.
Dr Tighe has also suggested the eel may alternatively be a garden or conger eel – two other species which “occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth”. The animal generally lives in underwater burrows, 30 to 90 metres beneath the waves of the western Atlantic, although they do reportedly venture into shallower water from time to time. “I figured it could be something from the remote ocean that may have washed on to shore”.
“My main reaction was curiosity, to figure out what the heck it was”.
Ms Desai said she posted the pictures on Twitter since she knows a considerable measure of researchers utilize it, and a companion soon reacted and reached Dr Tighe. “There’s such a great community of these folks that are very helpful, especially when it comes to answering questions about the world or identifying animals and plants”, she said.
She said she cleared out the eel on the shoreline “to give nature a chance to follow all the way through”.