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PHOTOS: 'Human Fish' found in Slovenia

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An "Olm" or a "Human Fish" was found in Slovenia this week after some flooding An "Olm" or a "Human Fish" was found in Slovenia this week after some flooding
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One homeowner in Slovenia cleaning up after flood waters gushed into their basement recently made quite the creepy discovery. 

The homeowner found a cave-dwelling creature called an "Olm" or "Human Fish." 

Though called a fish, it's actually a salamander and is the only cave-dwelling vertebrate that lives in Europe's subterranean lakes and ponds. This was the third "human fish" that has been found in Slovenia this year. Scientists were excited about that because they don't see them too often. 

The body is snakelike and can grow up to 15-feet long! The human fish also lives entirely in darkness and is therefore blind. Its skin is very thin and contains no melanin, giving it the yellowish or pinkish-white color you see in the photos.

Now the answer to the question you're asking, "Why do they call it a 'human fish'? It looks nothing like me."

Well, it is called that because of the color and texture of its skin, which has been said to resemble human skin.  

The human fish is not harmful to humans, and if only resides in Europe, though distant cousins do live in the eastern United States. 

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