Officials at the SCDNR are puzzled by the freaky fish that was pulled out of the water of Lake Cherokee. Initial indications from the department say that the fish appears to have a tumor growing from its head.
The photos were sent to the Southeastern Cooperative Fish Disease Project to get input, and the SCDNR’s fisheries biologists are going to take samples at the lake to gather more information
“It’s not uncommon to see a fish with this kind of problem every now and then,” SCDNR Chief of Freshwater Fisheries Ross Self said in the Facebook post.
“Tumors like this appear to be can be caused by viruses, environmental factors and other things that may not be harmful to humans.”
Just by looking at the fish it appears to be a channel catfish.
Source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources