Diver’s sea creature find is ‘discovery of a lifetime’


B00Mer
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Diver’s sea creature find is ‘discovery of a lifetime’



The carcass of a bizarre-looking creature that once spawned tales of sea monsters has been found by a snorkeler in a bay at Santa Catalina Island off Southern California.

The 18-foot-long oarfish was discovered Sunday afternoon by Jasmine Santana, a marine science instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. The oarfish was dead but its slender, snake-like body was intact.

The find was described by CIMI as a “discovery of a lifetime.”

ABC 7 stated Monday on its Facebook page that the carcass required 15 people to carry it up the beach.

The discovery was made in Toyon Bay, not far from Avalon, where CIMI runs a camp for kids. Instructors were unloading gear after a tall ship voyage to nearby Santa Barbara Island when they spotted Santana hauling the oarfish ashore, according to KTLA.



“The craziest thing we saw during our two-day journey at sea happened when we got home; these islands never cease to amaze,” Connor Gallagher said in a news release.

Oarfish, which can reach lengths of 50-plus feet, inhabit depths of 1,500 to 3,000 feet. They feed largely on krill and other tiny organisms and possess large, saucer-shaped eyes.

They’re believed responsible, in the times of ancient mariners, for spawning tales of sea serpents and dragons that would rise like demons to steal crewmen and sink tall ships.

They’re rarely encountered but sometimes when they die or are near-death, they surface and wash ashore.

Only a handful of live specimens have been found. Interestingly, Catalina was the site of at least one such discovery.

In 2006, a 15-foot oarfish was spotted in the island’s Big Fisherman’s Cove. Harbormaster Doug Oudin snorkeled alongside the docile creature before it eventually perished. It was collected for study.

Last year at the Baja California resort city of Cabo San Lucas, a 15-foot barely-live oarfish washed ashore on a popular beach. It also died soon after its discovery.

The modern discovery of oarfish may date to 1808, when a 56-foot serpent-like creature washed ashore in Scotland.

In 1901, a 22-foot oarfish drifted onto the sand in Newport Beach, California, becoming, according to one reference book, “the basis for many sea-serpent stories told by local bar patrons for more than a decade after its discovery.”

source: Snorkeler at Catalina Island hauls ashore 18-foot oarfish
 
spaminator
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I see something similar when I look down.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

I see something similar when I look down.

It's not fair, you're using a Funny Mirror..

 
Locutus
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Attention 'oar.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

I see something similar when I look down.

A dead weight?????
 
BaalsTears
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

I see something similar when I look down.

A dead fish?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTears View Post

A dead fish?

Man he left a huge opening there. You could drive a tractor & trailer thru that hole sideways.
 
taxslave
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The weight part is also a product of optical delusions.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

Man he left a huge opening there. You could drive a tractor & trailer thru that hole sideways.


Maybe it's his gaping hole that is attracting the sea creatures.... They like carrion I understand
 
BaalsTears
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

Man he left a huge opening there. You could drive a tractor & trailer thru that hole sideways.

I couldn't help myself so to make up for it I gave the poster a rep.
 
spaminator
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Second rare 18 foot fish appears on California beach
Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters
First posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:50 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:56 PM EDT
A rare oarfish has washed up on the California coast for the second time in less than a week, authorities said on Sunday, leaving experts stumped.
The second carcass of the eel-like species was discovered on Friday on a beach in Oceanside, a city police dispatcher said.
The 14-foot (4.3-meter) fish, which has a pug-like face and a skeleton of bone, was found five days after a marine instructor snorkeling off Santa Catalina Island, about 50 miles (80 km) to the west, spotted a dead 18-foot (5.5-meter) oarfish in shallow water.
The back-to-back discoveries of beached oarfish are highly unusual, scientists said. The fish is an elusive creature that dives to depths of 3,000 feet (914 meters) and is thought to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents.
"It may have happened some place on Earth before but it certainly doesn't happen very often," said Milton Love, a research biologist at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
Love is awaiting tissue samples of the larger oarfish that he will pass along for DNA sampling. He suspected the deaths of the two giant creatures were not coincidental and doubted they were linked to human activity.
He speculated the oarfish, who are not strong swimmers, were carried toward shore by a powerful current and then battered to death by strong swells.
"There may be ones lying in 50 to 100 feet (15 to 30 meters) of water we'll never know about," Love said.
The creatures are as thick as a human torso and can grow up to a length of 56 feet (17 meters). They are found in all temperate to tropical waters, but because they dive to great depths they are rarely seen and remain largely unstudied.
Little is known about the behavior or numbers of oarfish, Love said. Scientists are split on whether they constitute one or more species, a division that DNA samples taken from the recently-discovered carcasses could help resolve.
Second rare 18 foot fish appears on California beach | Weird | News | Toronto Sun
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

I see something similar when I look down.

Something scaly & slimy? Ya might want to get that checked.
 
karrie
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Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick View Post

Something scaly & slimy?


I assumed he meant 'pug faced and smelling like dead fish'.
 
wulfie68
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Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick View Post

Something scaly & slimy? Ya might want to get that checked.

especially if it smells like rotting fish...
 
PoliticalNick
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

I assumed he meant 'pug faced and smelling like dead fish'.

You almost made my coffee exit through my nose....LOL!!!
 

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