A marine science instructor was snorkeling off the coast of sunny SoCal when they spotted something pretty amazing:
An 18-foot-long Oarfish!!
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) saw the huge, shiny, silver body laying on the seafloor.
It’s one of the largest oarfish they’ve seen at CIMI.
Oarfish tend to dive over 3,000-feet-deep so seeing them is pretty rare.
Luckily, when this 18-footer died of natural causes he floated up to where the scientists found him.
The giant oarfish can actually grow to an incredible 50-feet-long!!
They’re apparently the reason for old, giant sea serpent myths.
Now, the fish is being buried in the sand to decompose so its skeleton can be reconstituted and put on display.
Congrats on the find, Jasmine!!
[Image via Catalina Island Marine Institute.]