Friday, September 14, 2007
Huge oarfish, you won't believe this picture
Ever heard of an oarfish? It's huge, ornate, and magnificent, and very strange looking. Here is an incredible story of an oarfish beaching itself and being collected (after failed rescue attempts).
Oarfish are reputed to be the longest bony fish in the sea at well over 30 feet. They're rare, perhaps found mostly in deep water, but very occasionally seen on shore or in shallow water. They are ribbon shaped and swim by undulating their dorsal fins. This individual beached itself in Mexico, accompanied by another oarfish that eventually swam away.
Note to Jason at cephalopodcast.com, Gorton's law was invoked in the second response to the posting of this story, in record time for such a magnificent animal.
Hat tip: Brand Mongeau Tweet