An oarfish in Mexico was filmed by tourists as it swam right up to the beach. After being turned away gently from the beach sand with a paddle, the 15-foot oarfish swam under a kayak, continued to swim around the Mexican tourists, and eventually disappeared. The oarfish and human encounter was caught on video and shows the amazing beauty of the sea serpent of the ocean. According to an April 7 Popular Science report, the video was taken by the tourists during a recent March Shedd Adventures trip to the Sea of Cortés, in Baja, Mexico. The trip was organized by Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
While the oarfish video in Baja, Mexico, only shows one 15-foot oarfish, the tourists actually encountered two of them. To watch the one oarfish swim right up to the tourists on the beach is an amazing incident of an oarfish-human encounter.
Oarfish, which are considered to be the world’s longest bony fish, are found in all temperate to tropical oceans, but they are rarely seen. The sea serpents of the ocean can reach lengths of more than 50 feet and usually roam in depths of around 650 feet to as far down as 3,000 feet.
The oarfish filmed in Mexico attests to the true beauty of the creature and also shows why many consider the bony fish to be the source of many sea serpent legends. Previous oarfish sightings were usually due to the animal being dead or sick. Last year, a dead 18-foot oarfish was towed to shore by a snorkeler at Catalina Island off the California coast, and just a few days later, a 14-foot oarfish corpse turned up north of San Diego.
Watching the above video of the oarfish in Mexico makes one wonder whether the sea serpent that swam right up to the tourists was trying to tell them something. Some myths say that the appearance of an oarfish is predicting an earthquake because the deep-sea fish roams the depths of the ocean and is more sensitive to movements of active faults. As reported by a Weird Science video, “oarfish have a tendency to show up just prior to major earthquakes.” In 2010, numerous oarfish sightings were reported just shortly before the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile. In 2011, several oarfish came near the Japanese coast prior to its earthquake, and there were several smaller earthquakes occurring in Los Angeles after the two dead oarfish had been discovered.