Giant, rare "sea serpent" dragged to shore in California

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Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling off the coast about 20 miles southwest of L.A. when she spotted an 18-foot-long oarfish. It was dead. From the AP:

"We've never seen a fish this big," said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI's sail training ship. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long."

Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied, according to CIMI…

The carcass was on display Tuesday for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students studying at CIMI. It will be buried in the sand until it decomposes and then its skeleton will be reconstituted for display, Waddington said.

"18-foot-long sea creature found off Calif. coast"

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  1. If only all dead animals could be recovered by people so plainly thrilled by the experience.

  2. CIMI is also a summer camp for young people - I spent every summer there as a pre-teen and teenager. It was wonderful. You learn to sail, SCUBA dive, take marine biology and underwater photography classes ... it's fantastic. I recommend it very highly if you have a kid interested in these subjects!

  3. SWM seeking SWF:

    Enjoys: Poetry, long walks on the beach, poking dead things with a stick...

  4. I went there also, as a pre-teen, and it was SO AWESOME. I was sad when I couldn't afford the teen camp. At least in the 80s, it was pretty spendy, though absolutely worth it if the money is there.

    The whole camp is beautiful and getting to learn how to do amazing stuff made it one of the highlights of my childhood.

  5. Raoul says:

    I'm sure that dog was disappointed he couldn't roll in it.

    He'll be returning to dig it up later

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