"Pig Fish" Said to Tastes Like Bacon

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Tasty Fish?

Pigfish Photo Fish With Pig Snout

Since early 2013, a viral post has been circulating the internet via social media and forwarded emails purportedly showing an "amazing photo" of a fish with a snout that resembles a pig. It is even said to taste like bacon. The posts are false. Read on to see how the posts got started, the details behind the photo, and the facts of the rumor.

Example Posting

The following post was shared on Facebook on March 6, 2014:

"A new species of fish has been discovered in Texas creeks. It's know as the Wild Hogfish and can be extremely aggressive, and their numbers are increasing like crazy. Very tasty, a little like bacon, they are good eatin'. Once reintroduced domestically, they become goldfish.


Whether you call it a "pigfish," "wild hogfish," or "pig-nose fish," the verdict of science remains the same: No such species as the one depicted above exists.

There are a few real species popularly known as "pigfish," but none of them resemble the fanciful chimera in the viral image. Orthopristis chrysopoeia, found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and known in Texas as a pigfish or "piggy perch," for example, is thought to have gotten its name from the chattering and grunting noises it makes with its throat teeth. It looks nothing like the critter pictured above.

There's also a tropical species, Lachnolaimus maximus, that is commonly called a "hogfish," but, again, this is not that animal.

Should there remain any doubt, there are no species of fish that tastes like bacon. Nor should you expect to encounter a fish that naturally tastes like bacon, given all that goes into making bacon taste the way it does: pork, fat, curing salts, and the curing and smoking process itself.

The image

The composite image attached to this article was created by altering an existing photo of a perfectly ordinary fish to give it a swine-like snout and ears. Nicely done. It's unknown where or when the Photoshopped picture originated, or who produced it, but it has been in circulation since February 2013, if not before. The website Hoax or Fact shows after-and-before photos in describing how the image was altered. "The original picture is a rather common fish that does not have any resemblance to pig’s face," the website notes.

Role of the Weatherman

Arkansas TV weatherman Todd Yakoubian has written about the role he played in the dissemination of the image, which he says was sent to him by a viewer:

"I never produced or edited the photo myself," he wrote on his blog on March 9, 2009. "I immediately knew it was not real, but thought it was funny." Naturally, he posted it on Facebook, adding the tongue-in-cheek caption, "Amazing new fish discovered in Arkansas."

"I even put a little smiley face at the end to hint it was a joke," he wrote.

Never underestimate the gullibility of folks perusing the internet for unusual happenings and interesting rumors. A year later the image had been shared more than 220,000 times, and Yakoubian was still getting messages from people all over the world asking if it's real.