Another specimen of the “less rare all the time” oarfish has been found washing ashore at Shell Beach in La Jolla, California. Lifeguards spotted the large fish and called in a crew from SIO and NMFS who collected the specimen for further study back at their lab.
Today they shared more pictures of the dissection of the 17-feet long fish that weighed about 260-pounds according to the Coastal Angler Tagging Cooperative Facebook site. The otiliths or ear bones were collected along with many other samples for future study.
The cause of death, was still unknown and will be very difficult to pin down.
Though seeming to be a giant specimen, the oarfish can get twice this size and is the largest bony fish that we know of. More and more oarfish specimens have been found in the last few years and there has even been some deep-water video of living oarfish that you can see below.
We are always amazed by any encounter with this crazy fish.