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Since there are some species of catfish that feed on carrion as a practice, it isn’t surprising that they would eat the rotting corpses in the river. If you’ve ever been fishing for catfish, you know that the best bait is chum (cut up fish, blood and all). And if you let it sit in the sun all day, so it’s really rank, they go crazy.
I can’t imagine that they’re all that picky about the source of the meat.
It’s shape actually resemlbes a sturgeon, another freshwater fish that shares the “shark-like” head and slender body shape, eye placement, very visible rib articulation and horizontally spread pectoral fins. Teeth in freshwater fish are also very common, but are usually not extremely noticable until the fish attain a large size. Even trout have similar teeth. My guess is it is either a catfish/sturgeon hybrid or a relative to the sturgeon mis-classified as a catfish due to the whiskers, which would have logically developed out of a need to locate prey with any large fish that surived and evolved for a long period of time in the muddy, low-visibility waters of India and eastern asia.
Random potato fan is what your thinking of a Ceolacanth, but they dont have a beak the have teeth tough. The only other fish I can think of is a Dunkleosourus (or sumthin’, its spelt sorta like that) but they went extinct millions of years ago!