18-Foot Oarfish Amazes Scientists, Campers

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An 18-foot oarfish was discovered off Toyon Bay on Catalina Island Sunday. (Image Credit: Catalina Island Marine Institute via KTLA)

Who says sea monsters don’t exist?

During an afternoon snorkel off Catalina Island, a local marine science instructor came face-to-face with an 18-foot oarfish Sunday.

Jasmine Santana was shocked to find the rare oarfish so close to shore in the waters of the island’s Toyon Bay, 22 miles off the Port of Los Angeles.

It was the “discovery of a lifetime,” according to a news release issued by the Catalina Island Marine Institute, where Santana teaches.

The snake-like fish was found dead but almost completely intact and appeared to have died from natural causes, according to the release.

Oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet, and are deep-water pelagic fish — the longest bony fish in the world.


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