Roman Fedortsov works on a fishing trawler based in Murmansk, a port city in the extreme northwest part of Russia. Earlier this year, he started tweeting photographs of his most unusual catches.
Most deep-sea fishers would likely smile or shrug at his pictures, given the variety of creatures regularly pulled up in nets, but the images are perfectly monstrous to your average land-lover.
Earlier this week, the website Ruposters highlighted some of Fedortsov’s most terrifying discoveries.
“Aha! Caught another one of these guys. :-)”
Many of the fish Fedortsov pulls out of the water look quite dangerous, but he regularly handles the creatures without any trace of fear.
“Here's another Macrourus. The scales are like sandpaper. #Fishing #BarentsSea”
Some of Fedortsov's catches even look like the monsters from Ridley Scott's “Alien” motion picture.
“We're still arguing about this one. What is it?”
“Besides fish, creatures like this one end up in the net, too. I hope it's not poisonous. :-)”
“One guy requested that I repost this fish. Damn, just look at him. :-)”
“And here's a living starfish. What a pretty color.”
“A shark in deep thought.”
Follow Fedortsov's tweets, and you'll also get a sense of life as a Russian fisher, where a little salty humor is part of the job.
“Behold the pictures on a door to the toilet on a transport ship.”