Pictures of a large fish caught in the southern Philippines covered in tattoo like markings has sparked quite a debate after going viral on social media. 
 The fish, caught by fishermen in the province of Lopez, Jaena, Misamis Occidental, immediately noticed that the skin of their latest catch was marked by artistic designs, including what appears to be a crown sitting on top of a shield, lettering, and entwined plant leaves. 
 The unusual “tattoo†is undoubtedly of human origin, but how it ended up on a wild fish is still a mystery. However, the thousands of people commenting on the photos posted by Philippines news network GMA News were more than willing to voice their opinions.
 Perhaps the most rational explanation for the fish “tattoo†was offered by one Steve Clark, who wrote: “This was probably caused by some sort of trash or fabric that had been embedded in the fish’s skin and over time imprinted this design onto it. Just a thought.â€
 It's fair to say that some of the comments are pretty ridiculous:
 “There are many things in our world that we do not know about, especially under the sea. Remember, the sea is greater than land,†one person wrote, while another suggested that the fish may have escaped from an underwater jail where marine biologists mark marine creatures with strange symbols!  Featuring: Atmosphere Where: Lopez, Philippines When: 08 May 2017 Credit: Cover Images  **All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.All usages and enquiries, please contact Glen Marks at - +44 (0)20 3397 3000.EDITORIAL USE ONLY**

Tat the Scales

A huge fish covered in ‘tattoos’ has been caught in the Philippines.  Where you would expect plain scales, the fish has intricate blue designs of a crown and a shield, lettering and entwined plant leaves instead.  But why? Only Jeff and Anthony can possibly unravel this mystery: The mystery of the tattooed fish.


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