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(originally published a couple of years ago to Bubblews writing site, now gone)

The carcass of a 16 foot long oarfish has been found by a snorkeler in 30 feet of water off the Californian coast. Jasmine Santana dragged the huge fish 25 yards before other staff of the Catalina Island Marine Institute assisted her to bring it to shore.

These mysteries of the deep swim from 20 yards to up to half a mile or more under the surface mainly in temperate and tropical ocean areas and are rarely seen alive or dead. They can grow up to 36 feet in length, making them the world’s longest bony fish, although there have been unconfirmed sightings up to 56 feet.

A live oarfish was first filmed in the deep in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists and oil companies collaborating on a research project came across the giant at a depth of 1500 feet using a remotely operated vehicle. The video shows the fish propelling itself using its dorsal fin in an undulating motion while keeping its body straight.

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