2nd 'Sea Serpent' Washes Ashore
Rare 14-foot oarfish found in Southern California
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 image provided by Mark Bussey shows an oarfish that washed up on the beach near Oceanside, Calif.   (Mark Bussey)

(Newser) – When it rains mysterious "sea serpents" in Southern California, it apparently pours: Days after a snorkeler happened upon an 18-foot oarfish—a snake-like fish usually found in waters 3,000 feet deep—a second specimen washed up on the beach in Oceanside, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The new oarfish was 14 feet long, though members of the species can grow to up to 50 feet and are thought to be behind legends of sea serpents, and is thought to have died of natural causes. NOAA officials retrieved the carcass and cut it into sections for study. Says a police officer who responded to the scene: "It was pretty neat."

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aunuts
Oct 20, 2013 11:30 PM CDT
Global warming, global warming oops I meant climate change, climate change , oops I meant the sky is falling the sky is falling. Jeez did you guys flunk science in jr. high. The northern hemisphere has been semi tropical then the ice age and now moderate and all without mankind. This is why the enviro nazi's are able to take away your rights as citizens as it applies to outdoor activities, farming, mining, lumber and other resources that we now have to import. Would you guys stop listening to CNN and these news manufacturers and get a grip on what is really happening to America.
1freeusa
Oct 20, 2013 6:05 PM CDT
Scientist are worried about the drastic decline in oysters in Washington state. Their hunch is warmer waters and pollution. Maybe the same thing with oar fish.
Ultraworld
Oct 20, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
Two in one week, what are the chances.