18-Foot-Long Oarfish Found off Coast of Southern California [Video]

The carcass of the rarely seen oarfish was found off the coast of Southern California.

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,‚Ä̬†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.

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