A marine science instructor was snorkelling off the Southern¬†¬† California¬†coast when she suddenly noticed¬†the silvery carcass of what later appeared to be¬†a giant 18-foot-long (5.5 metres) oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) was forced to asked¬†15 people to help her to drag the fish on the shore of¬†Santa Catalina Island.
The Cantana Island Marine Institute scientists are shocked with the founding, describing it¬†as the discovery of a lifetime.
According to them, bearing in mind that¬†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 Mark¬† Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI’s sail training ship. “The¬† last oarfish we saw was three feet long.”
As The Daily Mail managed to learn,¬†the university stuff believe that the obscure fish apparently died of natural¬† causes. Tissue samples and video footage were sent for further studies headed by biologists¬† at the University of California, Santa Barbara.¬†
The woman who found the fish admitted that she¬†spotted something¬† shimmering about 30 feet deep while snorkeling in Toyon Bay¬†at Santa Catalina Island, about two dozen miles from the mainland.
“She was snorkeling and sees this giant fish¬† at the bottom of the ocean,” Waddington told reporters. “She swims down and grabs it by the¬† tail and swims it to the beach. It was awesome. There were people sprinting to¬† go and see this fish.”
Waddington added that Santana dragged the fish¬† 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 ‚ÄúR0b0tpimp‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúCaught a nice Bass earlier,‚ÄĚ¬†R0b0tpimp wrote on Imgur, where he posted a photo of a big fish on Tuesday.
R0b0tpimp told Redditors that his trophy weighted about¬†57 kilograms¬†(nearly 126 pounds). It was an impressive catch, but short of¬†some of the bass monsters¬†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-based¬†fishing charter company,¬†which called the catch a ‚Äúgreat fish.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚Äėbass‚Äô both¬†encompasses¬†freshwater¬†and¬†marine¬†species. They all belong to the large order¬†Perciformes,also known as perch-like fishes.
Many species are also known as basses. The list includes the¬†Australian bass, the black sea bass, the giant sea bass, the Chilean sea bass and European seabass.