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Oarfish Washes Up in Oceanside; Second Rare Discovery in a Week

For the second time in a week, a fish from a rarely seen species has washed up on the California coastline.

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A rare 14-foot oarfish washed up on the beach at Oceanside. According to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet, making them the longest bony fish in the world. (Mark Bussey / AP / October 18, 2013)

A 14-foot oarfish carcass was discovered Friday by a snorkeler off the beach in Oceanside. On Sunday, an 18-foot-long oarfish carcass was spotted off Catalina Island.

The oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet, is the world’s largest bony fish and lives mostly at great depths. Because of its size and menacing appearance, the oarfish may be the source of the sea serpent tales.

Oceanside police contacted SeaWorld, the Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Employees from NOAA removed the carcass for possible study.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

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