Tuesday, a giant oarfish was found and photographed in Southern California near Catalina; the oarfish was 18 feet long and took 14 people to hold it for the photo (see it to the left). The news of the giant oarfish has created a buzz Wednesday as people around the world hear about it. A marine science instructor discovered the giant, limp fish as she was scuba diving off the coast of Catalina and pulled it to shore, she later told the media that it was a “discovery of a lifetime” according to the Huffington Post.
An oarfish is typically only seen in deep-sea waters and it rises to the water surface after it dies. Oarfish are a long and boney fish. It was assumed that the oarfish was already dead when it was pulled ashore. The oarfish was taken to the University of California, Santa Barbara where it will be tested.
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Sources: The Huffington Post and KEYT-TV