For 2nd time in a week, a ‘sea serpent’ attracts gawkers on Southern California beach
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Another ‘sea serpent’ has attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.
This time the rare, snakelike oarfish washed up Friday afternoon in Oceanside.
The newspaper U-T San Diego reports that it measured nearly 14 feet (4.3 metres) long.
While it’s unusual to find the deep-water fish near shore, this is the second time in the past week that one has surfaced.
On Sunday, a snorkeler off Catalina Island found an 18-foot (5.5-meter)-long oarfish and dragged it ashore with the help of a dozen other people.
According to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet (15 metres), making them the longest bony fish in the world.
Video: Rare oarfish found on California coast (Oct 15)