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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Source: IB Times
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