By: Francisco Mejia
A rare Oarfish washed up on the coast of South Catalina Island earlier this month, CNN reports.
These mysterious sea-serpents almost exclusively swim 1,000 to 3,000 feet below the surface, in the darkest depths of the water. The fish was found early morning June 1 by two conservationist from the Catalina Island Conservancy, and was measured at about 17 feet long, relatively small considering these creatures can reach lengths of 50 feet.
The Oarfish was found dead with its tail missing, and it is unclear exactly how it died. This marks the fifth time in one year that an Oarfish has washed up on California's coast, and the second time it has washed up on Catalina Island. The last time was in 2013 and the carcass measured at about 18 feet.
The Giant Oarfish was first discovered in 1772 by Norwegian biologist Peter Ascanius, and has been the subject of many legends and tales.
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