A CARP with markings on its face that make it look like a human has left social media users stunned.
The fish was filmed in a lake by a visitor to a village outside the city of Kunming in the south of China.
Footage shows the animal poking its head just above the surface of the water at the lake’s edge.
On its face can be seen two black dots resembling eyes, two vertical stripes resembling the sides of a nose, and a horizontal line resembling a mouth.
The woman filming can be heard saying: “The fish has turned into a fairy.”
Users of Weibo, China’s version of twitter, have been left amazed by the clip.
“This is scary,” wrote one.
“Who dates to eat it?” asked another.
The footage was shot near a village of Miao people, one of 55 minority ethnic groups recognised by the Chinese government, which is also local tourist destination, the Feidian Videos blog reported.
The Miao live mostly in southern China, Vietnam, and Laos, though many migrated to the West – particularly to the US, France, and Australia – after the communist takeover of Laos in 1975.
In 2016, another carp with a human face caused a stir after being captured in Wugang City in the Hunan province in central China.
The fish was caught by primary school teacher Qiu Xiaohua, who said he had never seen anything like it in 20 years of fishing.
He had been planning to eat the fish, but instead opted to keep it in his home.
Chinese collectors in particular are known to pay big money for unique and rare animals and plants.
In 2010, a carp with a human face captured by 44-year-old Essex butcher Brendan O’Sullivan was valued at £40,000.
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In 2009, two three-foot carp with human faces caused a storm after being discovered in the town of Chongju in South Korea.
They were believed to be hybrid descendants of two carp species, the common carp and the leather carp.
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