PigFish or HogFish in Texas, Arkansas Rivers? ‘Wild’ Pig-Nose Fish is a Hoax

March 8, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A viral photo going around shows a fish with a pig’s or hog’s head, but that’s a hoax.

The photo was obviously Photoshopped, and the original image can be seen on Imgur. 

But some blog posts and Facebook postings say that a “new species of fish” was found in either Arkansas or Texas. About a year ago, people started spreading the pig-fish hoax, saying it was found in Arkansas rivers. 

Some people on social media said that it was caused by “Monsanto GMO” food.

About.com hoax-debunking writer David Emery wrote in February of last year: “Whether it’s labeled a ‘pigfish,’ a ‘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 known by the common name ‘pigfish,’ but none of them resemble the chimera in the photograph. There’s also a tropical species, Lachnolaimus maximus, commonly called a ‘hogfish,’ but, again, this is not that animal,” he wrote.

He added: “The composite image was created by altering a photo of a perfectly ordinary fish to give it a swine-like snout and ears. Nicely done. I haven’t been able to establish where or when the Photoshopped image originated, but it has been in circulation since February 2013, if not before.”