Friday, April 18, 2014



This is fucking amazing.

Oarfish are incredibly long (up to 36 feet long) fish that we know next to nothing about. They have long dorsal and pectoral fins which are orange colored and have blobs on the end. They apparently hang upside down in deep water 650 to 3,000 feet down, feeding on small fish, shrimp, yellyfish, squid, and plankton.

It is incredibly rare to see one live. In 2001, a U.S. Navy bathyscape filmed one swimming in its natural habitat. They apparently move by wiggling their dorsal fin.

Oarfish are almost never seen in shallow water unless they are injured or dying. Here are two apparently health oarfish in shallow waters in video footage taken in Baja California this year!!! Both were about 12 feet long. One beached itself, but was driven back out to sea by the vacationers. The individuals who took the photo where on a Shedd Aquarium-sponsored bio-vacation.

Below is a model of an oarfish in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

oarfish

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