Via NYPost reports:
A Sunday snorkeler off the Southern California coast discovered the body of a modern sea monster, the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long oarfish.
Jasmine Santana, an instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, said she spotted something shimmering in the 30-foot-deep water near Catalina Island, about two dozen miles from land. Santana needed 15 helpers to tote the creature to shore.
“She said, ‘I have to drag this thing out of here or nobody will believe me,’” Mark Waddington, a senior captain of the institute’s training ship, told the Associated Press.
Oarfish are the longest bony fish in the world, according to the institute. They are likely responsible for legends about sea monsters.
But they are rarely seen because they can dive more than 3,000 feet deep.
“We’ve never seen a fish this big,” Waddington said. “The last oarfish we saw was three feet long.”
The oarfish Santana found – which had eyes the size of silver dollars – is believed to have died of natural causes.