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Video of live oarfish revealed


Posted on Saturday, 8 June, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: xsas


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Some of the first ever footage of a live, healthy oarfish has been released by researchers.

Oarfish are particularly difficult to film because they live deep down in the depths of the ocean below 3,200ft. While the average length is around 10ft, some oarfish can grow up to 30ft or more with the largest specimen ever recorded measuring 36ft. The new footage was recorded as part of a project called SERPENT which was a collaboration between marine researchers and the oil and gas industries.

Oarfish are a rather enigmatic species and not a lot is known about them. Some specimens that have either been caught in nets or washed up dead on shorelines have lead to reports of "sea serpents" due to their giant size and snake-like appearance. One of the earliest recorded sightings occurred in 1808 when a large creature was said to have washed up on a shoreline in Scotland.

"Scientists have released what is believed to be the first ever good quality video of a healthy oarfish."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 8 June, 2013, 16:53
Amazing! I like how it propels itself.
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonshadow60 on 8 June, 2013, 18:00
Thank you so much for sharing that with us. They are remarkably graceful in motion. From what I have heard, they are creatures of the depths and may be blind.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timonthy on 8 June, 2013, 23:48
I hope it didn't die of fright after this encounter!!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lava_Lady on 8 June, 2013, 23:53
Such a beautiful capture.... it looks as if it's floating in space.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AlienDan on 9 June, 2013, 3:04
i like it's wavy fin lol.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Odds on 9 June, 2013, 3:07
That fish is incredible, i didn't realise how big it was either. But the bioluminescense is amazing, i love the random pink dots that dart around it's body as if someone is shining a laser pointer at it. Nice find.
Comment icon #10 Posted by coolguy on 9 June, 2013, 4:00
Very cool,great video
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 9 June, 2013, 18:39
Yeah, and I'm sure you noticed how seemingly complex this is. While watching this, I saw, for example, parts of it's front "fin" undulating backwards, while the back of the elongated fin structure would undulate forward. And vice-versa. As if it can control seperate parts of the fin at one time. During "hovering" in mild deep ocean currents, the oarfish seems to have an exceptional, dynamic control over it's elongated "fin" Amazing creature to be sure.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 10 June, 2013, 18:04
Wierdly beautiful. * I notice the usual moronic comments, of course; the most recent one in fact says "Hoaxxxx!!! Craaapppp...video."
Comment icon #13 Posted by LiveForTomorrow on 12 June, 2013, 12:43
Some additional footage and information.


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