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Giant 18ft oarfish found by snorkeler

Posted on Wednesday, 16 October, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments

Oarfish have long sparked stories of giant sea serpents. Image Credit: PD - 1860
Marine instructor Jasmine Santana spotted the massive creature off the coast of California.
Jasmine had been snorkeling off Catalina Island when she came across the corpse of the 18ft oarfish lying on the sea floor. A group of 15 adults were needed to haul the massive carcass up on to the beach where it soon gained the attention of the media.

A spokesman for non-profit educational organization Guided Discoveries has stated that the skeleton of the creature will likely end up being put on display for visitors to see.

Despite their size, oarfish are rarely seen alive and there is still much we don't know about them. The species can grow up to a length of 56ft and is believed to have been responsible for many tales of sea monsters and sea serpents throughout the ages.

A full-size image of the find can be viewed - here.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (17)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Child of Bast on 16 October, 2013, 13:24
Comment icon #9 Posted by moonshadow60 on 16 October, 2013, 15:03
Awww, so sad. Seems the only time they come near shore (or people) is when they are dying. They must not be good to eat, or they would all be gone now.
Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam on 16 October, 2013, 16:10
Sorry why are tested samples? Its an oarfish, if they do not know that then they are not really marine scientist. If on the other hand they are testing how it died and human waste poisoning shows up, hope they tell us.
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 16 October, 2013, 18:51
The reason they are called oarfish is because once they died and developed rigormortis, the sailors in times past used them as "oars" Just kidding. Bad joke, I know.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Harte on 16 October, 2013, 20:06
I didn't see anything about testing samples but if they are, it's probably to run tests on the DNA. These fish are rare. It's possible that it could be a different individual species of the fish than any previously known. Harte
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam on 16 October, 2013, 20:10
Its in the article. The fish is rare to us, but it is known to exist....albeit this one now.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Harte on 16 October, 2013, 20:19
Yes, just like the 9 different species (many of which look almost exactly alike) of carp are known to exist in the US alone. The fact that oarfish are known to exist doesn't mean that this is not a new species of oarfish. Especially given the rarity of this sort of fish. There are four known species, one of which is the giant one. Maybe there's two giant species. Harte
Comment icon #15 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 16 October, 2013, 20:21
I tend smaller fish are more dangerous than bigger fish
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew on 17 October, 2013, 0:25
No worries, they feed on plankton, not swimmers, and the live at depths of half a mile or so, they only come near the surface when dying or dead. They is a recent YouTube video of one alive in the deep ocean, very cool animal!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Still Waters on 17 October, 2013, 19:25
It's a shame that one died. Here's a video of a live Giant Oarfish -

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