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18-foot-long Oarfish Found off Southern California Coast

Oct 16 2013, 10:28am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

18-foot-long Oarfish Found off Southern California Coast

Fish died of natural causes

One of the largest oarfish ever seen turned up on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Southern California. The giant fish was discovered by a dive instructor named Jasmine Santana while she was swimming in about 20 feet water. Santana noticed a large, silver, slender figure on the bottom of the ocean and on investigation it turned out to be a very long and very dead oarfish.

The oarfish rare in shallow waters because they typically live in much deeper water. Santana reportedly dragged the fish to the beach where staff and kids at the Catalina Island Marine Institute the photographs of the massive fish.

The massive fish reportedly died of natural causes. As big as the 18-foot-long Oarfish is, the scientists say that the animals are believed to grow as long as 50 feet. Oarfish also have a strange method of swimming where their heads are upright and the tail hangs underneath them.

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