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Rare oarfish captured on film in Mexico

Posted on Sunday, 13 April, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

Tourists looked on in amazement. Image Credit: YouTube / Shedd Aquarium
One of the world's most mysterious and elusive fish has been filmed in the coastal waters of Baja.
Oarfish can grow up to several dozen feet in length and are usually found deep down in the ocean's depths. Encounters with the animals are very rare and usually involve dead specimens being found washed up on beaches.

One of the most well known recent finds took place off the coast of California's Catalina Island where an 18ft oarfish was found dead by a snorkeler. Another, measuring 14ft, was found a few days later in San Diego.

Now a group of tourists has managed to film two of the creatures very much alive in the waters off the coast of Mexico. It isn't clear what the fish were doing in such shallow waters.

Some believe that the appearance of an oarfish heralds an impending earthquake.

"Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea," said earthquake prediction expert Kiyoshi Wadatsumi.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (14)

Tags: Oarfish, Mexico

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ugly1 on 14 April, 2014, 0:01
swamp gas
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paranomaly on 14 April, 2014, 0:22
I like turtles
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 14 April, 2014, 3:33
there is something wrong with that fish, poor guy, seems like he got too drunk and lost his way home.
Comment icon #8 Posted by coolguy on 14 April, 2014, 3:36
Cool fish,
Comment icon #9 Posted by 6.6.6 on 14 April, 2014, 5:24
Cool fish, Cool post
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 14 April, 2014, 5:49
That was an awesome video. I wish I had taken that.
Comment icon #11 Posted by EnglishStudent526 on 14 April, 2014, 18:25
I'm more wondering why it's in shallow waters
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker on 14 April, 2014, 19:32
Supposedly they only come to the surface to die. They are deep water fish, I think, and so usually die if they get to far up toward the surface. But this one was not really so long, so it was probably pretty young, and maybe the younger ones don't go as deep?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rye17 on 19 April, 2014, 22:49
I read in a couple places that in folklore the oarfish is a messenger from the Sea God's palace and is only shows up on beaches to predict earthquakes... anybody else hear about the 7.2 earthquake in Mexico last week?
Comment icon #14 Posted by CJ1983 on 25 April, 2014, 18:01
cool looking fish.

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