14-Foot Oarfish Found in California, Second in One Week

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A 14-foot-long oarfish washed up on a beach in Oceanside, Calif., on Friday afternoon, a startling sight not just because of the size of the fish, but also because it was the second time in a week that one of these rarely seen fish washed ashore in Southern California, according to the Associated Press.

Second Oarfish in 1 Week Washes Up on Calif. Coastline

The previous Sunday, dozens of people dragged the body of a dead, 18-foot-long oarfish from the shallow water to the shore on Catalina Island.

Humans rarely see oarfish because the creatures normally swim in the ocean at depths of up to 3,000 feet, rarely rising or surfacing where human eyes can spot them.

The oarfish is the largest bony fish known. Although the beached 14-foot and 18-foot oarfish found in California seem large, they are relatively small compared to full-grown oarfish, which can grow to be 50 feet long.

Some believe the large and snake-like oarfish is the source of old legends about sea serpents. Oarfish figure into Japanese legend, too, in a way that is making some people nervous following last week's incidents. Ancient Japanese folklore says that the appearance of oarfish is a sign of an impending earthquake. Not long before the devastating Japanese earthquake in 2011, some 20 oarfish had washed up on Japanese beaches.


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How bad is the Oceans being posioned by all that is being dumped in them.

October 22 2013 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Has anyone thought to check them for radioactive poisoning?

October 22 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Got that right, sprit. I would leave the area if there are more coming up!

October 21 2013 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Incredible-and yet scary that these creatures are turning up.

October 21 2013 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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