Klansmen or Coneheads? Bizarre new species of shark spawns smorgasbord of snarky memes
Scientists have chanced upon two new species of peculiar-looking sharks, giving fresh ammunition to meme-makers who delighted in the creatures’ comically-long snouts.
The sixgill sawshark boasts a conspicuous snout that has teeth and catfish-like whiskers to help it find prey. Native to the West Indian Ocean, neither of the two new species have been spotted alive in the wild – but that hasn’t stopped internet users from giving them face-lifts – in Photoshop.
One enterprising MS Paint expert turned the sharks’ frowns upside down, adding a whole new level of weird to already visually-jarring sea creatures.
Then of course, there were those who made the obvious comparisons. A predictable KKK meme emerged from the depths of the internet, as well as a slightly less provocative Coneheads joke.
The shark discovery was for some a much-needed change of pace from around-the-clock coronavirus coverage, but not everyone was amused. First Covid-19, now new kinds of sharks?
OMG first Corona now new sharks! We all gonna diiiiiie.Sorry, my sense of humor is broken.— Sardeth "Shadowbanned" (@SardethWynn) March 19, 2020
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