Second Oarfish Found In California
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Second Oarfish Found
Said to grow to reach lengths of 50 feet, the oarfish is noted as terrible swimmer. Scientists say it is likely that the fish died and was carried by the current, closer to the coastline where it was then spotted.
Because oarfish dive to depths of 3,000 feet or more, it is rare to see them this close to the shoreline. This is the second time in less than a week where the fish has been dragged on shore. The cause is not yet known, but marine biologist have taken tissue samples in hopes of finding the cause.
[caption id="attachment_71999" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Catalina Island Marine Institute / Reuters
The crew of sailing school vessel Tole Mour and Catalina Island Marine Institute instructors hold an 18-foot-long oarfish that was found in the waters of Toyon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, California in this handout picture courtesy of the Catalina Island Marine Institute taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Catalina Island Marine Institute/Handout via Reuters[/caption]