LOOK: Sea Serpent Found on California Shore
For the second time in less than a week, a sea serpent washed up on a California beach. The 14-foot long oarfish was found near San Diego Friday afternoon.
Just a week ago, an 18-foot oarfish washed up on Catalina Island. Biologists say the two findings are probably just coincidence.
The Associated Press reports:
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.