Oarfish are a seldom-documented, mysterious deepwater species. But every so often a storm pushes them up into the shallows.
2 Oarfish Map
When Mark first spotted these two strange fish heading toward shore, he wasn’t sure what they were. All he saw were two long, silvery shapes moving through the water.
3 Oarfish Surface
When the odd fish breached the surface, Mark realized what he was watching and the rarity of seeing such a fish inshore.
4 Oarfish Single Surface
As the fish headed toward the shore and the end of it’s journey, it appeared to take a gulp of the air.
5 Oarfish Swimming
Because the oarfish were traveling in a pair, you can’t help but wonder if this was some sort of mating ritual.
6 Committing Suicide
To Mark’s surprise, the fish pushed its long body right onto the rock. His first instinct was to drag the fish back into deeper water.
When the fish came out of the water, it’s unique characteristics started to show. It looked like a dragon coming out of the water.
8 Rare Find
According to Mark, the blue blotches were flashing on and off much like the way a marlin lights up when it’s excited and ready to eat.
9 Crazy Fish
The two fish moved right up on the rocks. Mark tried to pull the fish back into the water, but it was a lost cause. They didn’t want any part of it.
10 Fresh Colors
This closeup really brings out all of the color in the fish. You can start to get an idea of the animal’s size as well.
11 Found Dying
The fish was so long it didn’t fit in the boat. Back on land they measured the animal and it was more than 25 feet long.
12 For Scale
Mark’s son Michael was one lucky kid to get to see this episode unfold right before his eyes.
13 True Giants
Here is the oarfish (Regalecus glesne) in all of its glory caught on September 1, 2007, in Isla San Marcos, B.C.S. Mexico.