One of Ocean's Most Elusive Creatures Filmed
Clip offers close-up of 8-foot-long oarfish
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2013 8:28 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Now the world can finally get a good look at one of the ocean's more mysterious creatures, the oarfish, believed to be the longest bony fish in existence—basically, the longest fish that's not a ray or shark, LiveScience reports. While researchers were investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2011, their camera came upon the fish. The result is the longest and highest-quality video of the species yet, says one of the scientists behind the video, which was posted online in tandem with a new paper last week.

Described as "shimmering" and "alien-looking" by the Los Angeles Times, the oarfish in the video measures 8 feet, though the creatures may grow six times that long. Part of their mystery is due to their habitat: far offshore, in deep waters. To wit, this one was swimming well below the surface (the LAT says 200 feet; LiveScience says it reached depths of 364 feet). The eel-like fish positions itself vertically: Its head is closer to the surface while its body droops below, the LAT notes. The video is particularly special because it seems to show a crustacean called a parasitic isopod attached to the fish's dorsal fins, something that's never been recorded before.

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People_Suck
Jun 17, 2013 8:56 PM CDT
What do you want for dinner, chicken oarfish?
homer57
Jun 11, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
all the hell here on earth and nothing getting done..the govt can't lead the Un is out of its mind, the muzzies want to kill everyone oppsed to the and the so-called pres still hasn't got a legal B/C, and yet we are spending money to go see a fish many feet down: for what reason! That fish will be there tommorrow etc..let's get the priorities done first, then the fish!
HANKHILL
Jun 11, 2013 6:58 PM CDT
that aint no fish!!!!! its my old gf again damn!