Giant fish discovered off California coast
October 17, 2013
A 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.