18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California
The discovery at the bottom of Toyon Bay at Catalina Island came as a shock to Jasmine Santana, an instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, who approached the ribbon-like animal with care before realizing it was dead. Its body was "almost perfectly intact," the institute says. It may have died of natural causes.
As Santana tried to pull the sea creature through the shallows and up to a beach, other instructors spotted her and pitched in. It took at least 15 of them to hoist the oarfish, which brought a surprise ending to what had been a "leisurely" afternoon snorkel.
The institute, which runs a camp and activities for children, has contacted ocean wildlife experts about the find. The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world; one specimen was reported as being 36 feet in length, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. - It's certainly something snorkelers don't encounter everyday. Jasmine Santana, a marine science instructor with the Catalina Island Marine Institute, got the shock of a lifetime after coming face-to-face with an 18-foot sea creature while snorkeling on Sunday. According to California's KTLA, Santana came across the rare...
And the finders are keepers. They are thrilled. 18-foot oarfish caught by Catalina marine science instructor. A marine science instructor has made what's being called the discovery of a lifetime: She found an 18-foot-long oarfish Sunday in Toyon Bay on Catalina Island. While snorkeling, Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute...
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