Reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA
I have written about weird ocean creatures showing up on beaches. Sort of makes sense that the higher tides, and the intense churning of the ocean during Hurricane Harvey killed and then deposited many sea critters onto beaches of Texas. This creature was dead when it was found, and at first it was called a “fanged monster”. As the days went on we got a lot of scientific explanation.
Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX. #wildlifeid pic.twitter.com/9IUuuL65qh – Preeti Desai(@preetalina) September 6, 2017 Hurricane Harvey stranded a mysterious fanged eel on the beach in Texas, leaving the animal to die, rot and bloat.
The animal on the beach was long, relatively thin, and appeared flat. From its elongated snout fang-looking structures were pointing outward. At first it was identified as a tusky eel, than as a fanged snake eel. However, both of those species are shorter than 3 feet, and the specimen on the beach was quite longer than that. So, the latest word on this “monster” is that it is a stippled spoon-nosed eel. This eel species grows to 6 feet in length. This species of eel buries itself in the lose mud at 100-300 feet depth, and darts out from that hiding place to catch fish or other prey.
I didn’t know about the spoon-nosed eel, so my inspiration for eels in ceramic sculptures has been coming from the moray eel. The mouth that is constantly open, and full of threatening teeth has made me think about creating moray eel sculptures in the “Ancient” series. Below I show you already completed sculptures in the “Ancient” series. These sculptures are exploring the transcendent surviving qualities of several ocean critters.
So, this is the glazing, and general style that I will be using first to make a moray eel sculpture. Will let you know when I have the first version(s).