"Discovery of a Lifetime"

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Kim Little

On Sunday October 13th Jasmine Santana, from Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), went for a snorkel in beautiful Toyon Bay. The last thing she expected to find was an 18 foot long oarfish! She soon realized that the oarfish was dead and decided to try and bring the fish ashore to get a better look. At the same time some of her co-workers were coming back in from a trip and quickly ran to help her. It took 15-20 adults to bring the oarfish onto the beach!

The giant oarfish is the longest bony fish. While not much is known about this species, it is thought that they can grow to be over 50 ft long and dive up to 3000 ft deep! In fact many stories or legends of sea serpents most likely started with this gentle giant.

Check out this video of an oarfish swimming (fast forward to 5 min in)



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