Massive Oarfish Washes Ashore in Cabo San Lucas

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Oarfish on beach in Cabo

A rarely-seen oarfish washed ashore in Cabo San Lucas last week and the massive, monster-like fish drew quire a crowd of onlookers. Though the fish could have been saved for research, it was taken by authorities and dumped back into the ocean. 

Those who discovered a 15-foot-long oarfish washed onto a popular Cabo San Lucas beach on Friday must have wondered whether it was some sort of sea monster.

Oarfish, after all, are believed to have spawned myths of sea serpents among ancient mariners. This is because of their slender, ribbon-like bodies and the bright-orange coloration and peculiar shape of their dorsal fins.

They're rarely seen because they reside in depths of between 600 and 3,000 feet. But dead or dying oarfish, measuring to 30-plus feet, occasionally wash ashore. 

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