Marine scientist finds 18 ft Oarfish while swimming off Catalina Island

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Impressive, read for instance the Register

Marine science instructor Jasmine Santana was swimming along the coast of Catalina Island when she came across the huge beast, which was actually a rare oarfish, but nonetheless the “discovery of a lifetime”, according to local news network KTLA.

The oarfish, a type of elongated lampriform fish, looks like a giant snake. It was dead when Santana found it, having apparently succumbed to natural causes.

“It took 15 or 20 of us to pick it up,” said Jeff Chace, a programme director at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, where Santana works.

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