Bizarre, Rarely Seen 'Worm Goby' With No Eyes and Glass-Like Teeth Caught: Like the 'Alien' Chestburster

worm goby, Australia
The worm goby caught in Australia's Northern Territory. Outback Boat Hire

A bizarre fish that bears a striking resemblance to the Chestburster monster from the 1979 movie Alien has been spotted in Australia.

Angler Tee Hokin caught the 6-inch-long creature—which has glass-like teeth and no eyes—while fishing on the Mary River near Kakadu National Park, in the country's Northern Territory, earlier this month.

"I was like, What the hell is that?" Hokin told ABC News, describing the moment she pulled the fish out the water. "Honestly, the first thing I thought about was the Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver and that thing that comes out of people's stomachs, that's exactly what I thought, and that's what they describe it as when you look it up on the internet."

"It's purpley-brown, it had a really weird head, but the body was like an eel and it didn't even move or wriggle; it was stunned, like stealth mode," Hokin said. "It has really sharp teeth, it could bite. No worries—you would not be willing to put your finger near it. You'd probably s*** your pants if it was bigger."

Hokin said the fish was seemingly stuck to the lure via a suction cup on its front and she had to use pliers to pry it off in order to release it back into the water.

"It was the only way to get it off, you couldn't shake it, you couldn't anything," Hokin said. "It was cool. Never in my life have I seen it before, none of us had ever seen it before."

Michael Hammel from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory said that the fish was likely a type of worm goby—a creature native to the area belonging the genus Taenioides.

"They have no eyes and live their life under the mud and are pretty rarely seen by people," he told ABC News. "They are very interesting animals."

He added that there is a possibility the fish represents an entirely new species. However, this cannot be determined simply by looking at the picture. Despite their frightening appearance, Hammel said that they pose little danger to humans.

"They have very glass-like teeth, so a few people have said when they've caught them [that] they get a bite from them, but it's not dangerous," he said. "Although they do grow up to 50 centimeters [20 inches] in length, so once they are that big, they could give you a bit of a bite."