An 18-foot monster of a fish was pulled out of the ocean off the Southern California coast by a marine biologist calling this monster fish a “find of a life time.” According to Fox News on Oct. 15, Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling when this fresh carcass of a serpent-like fish came into her view.
Santana need 15 helpers to drag this fish into shore and the picture above with the group holding the oarfish, it looks more like a giant eel than it does a fish.
People in the area, who are well acquainted with the legend of the oarfish, said they’ve never seen an oarfish this big. While they can grow bigger because they are a deep ocean fish, they are rarely seen. The last oar fish that a senior captain of the Tole Mour ship came across measured about three-feet.
Just seeing an oarfish is a rare occasion, as these fish dive down to 3,000-feet deep. They can grow up to 50-feet long and it is the largest bony fish in the world.
This fish is on display today for the students at the marine institute, then it will be buried in the sand. Once it decomposes, it will be dug up and the skeleton will be “reconstituted for display.”
Just take one look at the fish and you can see were sea serpent legends might have originated from. They do look like a serpent of the sea.