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Rare 18-Foot ‘Sea Serpent’ Washes Onto Southern California Island

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Rare 18-Foot ‘Sea Serpent’ Washes Onto Southern California Island

A fish so rare and so serpentine that ancient sailors knew it as a sea serpent (then again those same guys often mistook manatees for mermaids, so go figure) washed onto Southern California’s Catalina Island on Sunday.

This 18-foot oarfish was found almost entirely intact in Toyon Bay by instructors at the Catalina Marine Institute (CIMI). Oarfish are deep-water dwellers found at depths of 3,000 feet and below. They and are seldom seen.

Here is video of a live specimen swimming near the surface.

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