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New 14-foot 'sea serpent' found in Southern California

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 09:54 a.m. HST, Oct 19, 2013


OCEANSIDE, Calif. » For the second time in less than a week, a 'sea serpent' attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.

This time the rare, snakelike oarfish washed up Friday afternoon in Oceanside.

U-T San Diego reported that it measured nearly 14 feet long and attracted a crowd of up to 75 people.

Oceanside police contacted SeaWorld San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Someone from NOAA retrieved the carcass, which was cut into sections for later study.

While it's unusual to find the deep-water fish near shore, on Sunday a snorkeler off Catalina Island found an 18-foot-long oarfish and dragged it onto the beach with the help of a dozen other people.

According to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet, making them the longest bony fish in the world.

They are likely responsible for sea serpent legends throughout history.







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Anonymous wrote:
The Japanese believe that oarfish strand themselves on the beach to warn the people of an impending earthquake. It happened before Sendai.
on October 19,2013 | 11:47AM
Tony96822 wrote:
Radiation.
on October 19,2013 | 04:28PM
2NDC wrote:
Another one that wasn't eaten by sharks. I wonder if they taste bad.
on October 19,2013 | 10:02PM
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