Another Oarfish Found!
The oarfish is a deep-water pelagic fish that is unique in both size and appearance. As most deep-water fish are strange by normal fish standards, this 18 foot long specimen was discovered by Jasmine Santana, while snorkeling off of the beach in Toyon Bay. She is an instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. Santana grabbed the tail of the dead oarfish and swam it back to shore where students and other instructors helped her get it on the beach.
“ It took 15 or 20 of us to pick it up.”
Said Jeff Chace, who is a program director at a camp that teaches kids to snorkel, hike and kayak.
The oarfish is know to grow over 50 feet long and only recently have submersibles filmed live, healthy ones in their native environment. Otherwise most encounters, while still rare, have been from dead ones found at the surface or beach.
The scientist from the CIMI were keeping it on ice while they try and figure out how best to preserve this rare find. Some are hoping to skeletonize it for future display. The oarfish in the world’s longest of the bony fishes.
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