For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.
Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long.
Bussey recognized what it was based on the story from earlier in the week. It is unusual to find these creatures washed up on shore but it happens. Two in one week in the same general area is interesting. Can it mean that they are in danger from some factor? Or is it mating season? What does it mean, if anything?
The two latest oarfish finds are possibly just average sized. The giant oarfish species has been recorded at 56 feet long. This 23 ft long specimen was found in San Diego in 1966.
Note that the above photo is sometimes described as a depiction of US servicemen in Laos during the Vietnam War with a captured Mekong Dragon, Naga or huge eel. That is not accurate.
Tip: Jeb Card