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Oarfish. The Discovery Of A Lifetime

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By SisiBroad | October 15, 2013 11:09 pm

18-foot-long (5-meter-long), serpent-like oarfish

18-foot-long (5-meter-long), serpent-like oarfish

Jasmine Santana, marine science instructor snorkeling for the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long (5-meter-long), serpent-like oarfish. At 18 feet in length, the oarfish was too big for her to lift alone, even underwater — and it took 15 people to handle it on land

“We’ve never seen a fish this big,” said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI’s sail training ship. “The last oarfish we saw was three feet long.” But CIMI scientists say it could weigh as much as 300 pounds.

“The plan is to bury the fish, and little critters will eat the meat but not the bones,” said Kent Woods, CIMI’s marketing director,. The bones would then be excavated, cleaned and mounted for visitors to admire.

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