A giant oarfish 18-feet long was spotted off the island of Catalina Sunday afternoon, Reuters reports Oct. 15. The large oarfish was discovered by Catalina Island Marine Institute instructor, Jasmine Santana, while she was snorkeling in the water.
"Jasmine Santana was shocked to see (a) half-dollar sized eye staring at her from the sandy bottom," the institute said in a statement. "Her first reaction was to approach with caution, until she realized that it was dead."
The giant oarfish took 15 adults to haul it its heavy carcass where they could get a better look at it. Although the fish was dead, its body was well intact. The institute took video footage and sent tissue samples to the University of California at Santa Barbara fish expert. An exact determination of the species will be revealed after studying the samples.
Oarfish can grow up to 56-feet long, the report said. They're found in various temperartures of tropical waters up to 3,000 feet-deep. To spot one of them at sea is rare and scientists know very little about them.
Finding a giant oarfish would be quite a site if it's the last thing a person expected to encounter while snorkeling!