A marine science instructor was snorkelling off the SouthernÂ Â CaliforniaÂ coast when she suddenly noticedÂ the silvery carcass of what later appeared to beÂ a giant 18-foot-long (5.5 metres) oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) was forced to askedÂ 15 people to help her to drag the fish on the shore ofÂ Santa Catalina Island.
The Cantana Island Marine Institute scientists are shocked with the founding, describing itÂ as the discovery of a lifetime.
According to them, bearing in mind thatÂ oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet (914 metres) deep, it’s almost impossible to see these creatures and they are largely unstudied.
“We’ve never seen a fish this big,'”said MarkÂ Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI’s sail training ship. “TheÂ last oarfish we saw was three feet long.”
As The Daily Mail managed to learn,Â the university stuff believe that the obscure fish apparently died of naturalÂ causes. Tissue samples and video footage were sent for further studies headed by biologistsÂ at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Â
The woman who found the fish admitted that sheÂ spotted somethingÂ shimmering about 30 feet deep while snorkeling in Toyon BayÂ at Santa Catalina Island, about two dozen miles from the mainland.
“She was snorkeling and sees this giant fishÂ at the bottom of the ocean,” Waddington told reporters. “She swims down and grabs it by theÂ tail and swims it to the beach. It was awesome. There were people sprinting toÂ go and see this fish.”
Waddington added that Santana dragged the fishÂ ashore because ‘she said, “nobody will believe me”.’
Scientists say that the oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet (15 metres), is a deep-water pelagic fish – the longest bony fish in the world.
By the way, last summer Big Bass weighing more than 125 pounds was caught of coast of New Zealand.
A man who identified himself as âR0b0tpimpâ on photo sharing service Imgur uploaded a picture of a amasingly big trophy, a bass weighing about 126 pounds off of the coast of New Zealand.
âCaught a nice Bass earlier,âÂ R0b0tpimp wrote on Imgur, where he posted a photo of a big fish on Tuesday.
R0b0tpimp told Redditors that his trophy weighted aboutÂ 57 kilogramsÂ (nearly 126 pounds). It was an impressive catch, but short ofÂ some of the bass monstersÂ that can also be found in waters off the coast of New Zealand, where R0b0tpimp nabbed the fish.
The photo of the monster was also posted on the website for a New Zealand-basedÂ fishing charter company,Â which called the catch a âgreat fish.â
As The Huffington Post reports, the image has already attracted many viewers and, as expected, a few doubters. Some said the fishman used forced perspective to make the fish appear bigger.
The term âbassâ bothÂ encompassesÂ freshwaterÂ andÂ marineÂ species. They all belong to the large orderÂ Perciformes,also known as perch-like fishes.
Many species are also known as basses. The list includes theÂ Australian bass, the black sea bass, the giant sea bass, the Chilean sea bass and European seabass.