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The staff and kids from the Catalina Island Marine Institute carrying 5.5 metres long Oarfish,which to their surprise was found offshore in Southern California. 

On October 13th, the dive instructor Jasmine Santana spotted something unbelievable: an 18-foot-long, serpent-like dead Oarfish, a rare animal that is typically found in much deeper waters. Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore on Sunday.

Oarfish are large, greatly elongated fish and belong to the small family Regalecidae. The members of the family are known to have a worldwide range. However, specific encounters with live individuals are rare and distribution information is collated from records of Oarfishes caught or washed ashore. One of these, the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne), is the longest, at up to 56ft in length.

Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.


Credit: Catalina Island Marine Institute


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