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Cabo Oarfish

On the morning of Friday, October 12th, just after 10 a.m., a crowd of onlookers began to gather at a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They weren’t there to take in the touristas, they were looking at a strange sea creature that was making its way ashore.

The story was originally posted by Pisces Sportfishing, when one of their employees, Roberto Gonzalez, a realtor from Pisces Real Estate, checked out the commotion on the main beach of Cabo — El Medano.

cabo san lucas oarfishHis first thought was, “there’s been an accident,” then he saw three locals supporting what at first glance looked like a sea monster with it’s strange head, and long silvery body.

The fish appeared to be struggling for air and some locals tried to help the fish into deeper water, but it continued to drift towards the beach. Roberto said the fish was a good 20 feet long, with a flashy silver color, spots and a bright orange dorsal fin — the distinctive features of an oarfish.

Once ashore, it was put back in the water, but Roberto could tell it was not going to last long. A panga from the Protected Areas department then came and took the fish away.

The folks from Pisces contacted scientists in La Paz who said they would pick up the fish to study it.

Known as oarfish (Regalecus glesne), these deep-water animals are rarely seen by human eyes, unless the long fish make it to shore where they have been known to beach themselves and perish.

Some believe storms will push the fish to the surface. Whatever the case may be, they are certainly a sight to behold.

cabo san lucas oarfish

The oarfish pictured above was found on September 1, 2007, in Isla San Marcos, B.C.S. Mexico. This fish was swimming with a second oarfish. To see more photos of this oarfish, click HERE.