Meet the Sheepshead Fish and Its Human Toothy Smile

Have you ever imagined seeing a live animal with a set of chompers with the same structure as human teeth? Let us introduce you to the sheepshead fish:

According to the Scientific American, this common North American marine specie shelters around coastal habitats from Cape Cod and Massachusetts to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and Brazil. You will probably find these creatures meandering around rock pilings, jetties, mangroves, reefs, and piers.

You may have noticed the black stripes running down their scaly bodies, making them commonly known as the convict fish.

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Could you imagine flossing those pearly whites every night?

As you notice from the photo above, the sheepshead fish has a distinguished and unique set of chompers, similar to human teeth. The Scientific American states this fish has “incisors sitting at the front of the jaw, and molars set in three rows in the upper jaw and two rows in the lower jaw.”

Imagine coming to Point Family Dentistry to see your dentist in Bloomington, MN, for a professional cleaning with the smile of a sheepshead fish. You would probably be sitting in that dental chair for a while.

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At the rear of its jaw, the sheepshead has strong, heavy grinders to crush shells and other hard foods. The structure of their teeth is similar to ours because it can “process a wide-ranging, omnivorous diet consisting of a variety of vertebrates, invertebrates, and some plant material.”

The sheepshead’s jaw continues to develop right through to old age, making it important for this creature to live in an environment filled with a good supply of hard-shelled prey. With this supply, it will have a stronger jaw with a greater crushing force.

In other words, a stronger jaw indicates the fish has a healthy diet. With all that crushing and grinding, this fish probably has some serious TMJ issues.

Share this post with your friends and families! This amazing discovery is too good to be ignored! Do you know of any other animals with human teeth? What are your thoughts about this peculiar discovery? Share your thoughts below!

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