New 14-foot 'sea serpent' found in Southern Calif.

October 19, 2013

Another 'sea serpent' has attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.

This time the rare, snakelike washed up Friday afternoon in Oceanside.

U-T San Diego reports that it measured nearly 14 feet 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-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, making them the longest bony fish in the world.

They are likely responsible for sea serpent legends throughout history.

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1.6 / 5 (7) Oct 19, 2013
An ill omen!
3.2 / 5 (5) Oct 20, 2013
2 deep water Oarfish which are hardly ever even seen, die and wash ashore within days of each other. I hope it's just a coincidence but I doubt it. They are caught now and then, a rod and gun club near here has one on the wall.

We assault the ocean in every way possible, not just through climate change. We are warming it, acidifying it, overfishing it, we dump our chemical and biological waste in it, it's covered with floating waste, we drive on it trailing gas and oil, we swim through it making noises loud enough to kill and more. We use the ocean as our species toilet. An outside observer would think we were purposely destroying it as quickly as possible. I'm not optimistic that it will survive us.
1 / 5 (5) Oct 20, 2013
If only the moderators would appear and do something about the low down bottom trolling....
not rated yet Oct 20, 2013
My guess is that these amazing creatures have likely been washing ashore here and there for millions of years. One becomes a news story and new ones provide the lucky winners their 15 seconds of fame. The sky isn't falling; it's just a slow news week. A photo would have been nice though.
2.6 / 5 (5) Oct 20, 2013
I wonder if you can see those things in an aquarium anywhere. Would be awesome to see one of those up close..
1.7 / 5 (6) Oct 20, 2013
I wonder if you can see those things in an aquarium anywhere. Would be awesome to see one of those up close..

Indeed. The poor man's substitute -- attaching a fish to an oar and leaning forward -- leaves much to be desired as an alternative.

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