Giant fish discovered off California coast

October 17, 2013

fish11A California marine instructor found the carcass of a massive, eel-like creature while snorkeling in the water off of Catalina Island on Sunday. [CNN]

Jasmine Santana hauled the 18-foot oarfish by its tail about 75 feet. More than 15 people then helped her drag the giant fish to shore.

Oarfish are found in all temperate to tropical waters, but because they dive to depths of 3,000 feet, they are rarely seen and remain largely unstudied. They can grow to 56 feet, making the oarfish the largest boney fish in the world.




  1. info says:

    “I swear……it was this big”!!! Glad she has pics to back her whooper of a fish story.

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  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    “I smell a smelly smell that smells like something smelly” Sponge Bob.

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  3. panflash says:

    Marinade it for three hours in extra virgin olive oil, curl it up in your largest saute pan (gas stove only!),a little broccoli on the side, glass of pinot grigio, and enjoy.

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  4. r0y says:

    I heard about this on Coast to Coast AM last night! What a cool find!

    I’d love to see a 56-foot bony fish! Sheeesh… that’s a biggun.

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      Coast to Coast AM? That explains a lot, r0y …

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      • OnTheOtherHand says:

        In case you didn’t mean that completely in jest, try listening to the show for more than a segment or two sometimes. Yeah, there are a few loonies being interviewed and more than a few calling in. But there are also some really interesting and unique perspectives on some things that aren’t way out there — just not “conventional” enough to get credence in conventional media. (Like CCN at times.)

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        • SLOChildrenAtPlay says:

          Funny how the very people who demand that you keep an “open mind” are the first to say some of the most closed minded things. But then I’m sure “BobbyfromSLO” only listens to the “open minds” on NPR.

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          • Pelican1 says:

            I heard the interview with Jasmine last night on NPR. She’s an instructor at CIMI Catalina Island Marine Institute. It was quite interesting, and quite a rare find.

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          • zaphod says:

            small things considered

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      • r0y says:

        I will take that as a compliment!

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