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Strange fish found on Florida beach likely an oarfish

Cebu : Philippines | Jan 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM PST
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Skooter reporting 01/15/12

On the Delray Beach, a Florida couple Carolyn Hoffman and her husband Harry Furrevig was frolicking alongside the ocean when something strange caught her eye. They discovered a strange long ribbon shaped fish with a large bulging eye rolled up on the sandy beach before them. She never seen in her life anything shaped like that, she said.

According to Palm Beach Atlantic University biology professor Ray Waldner, the fish that the Florida couple discovered, which is long and ribbon shaped is probably an oarfish. Such fish is the longest of the bony fishes usually reaching 26 feet and even could reach to as much as 56 feet in length. Oarfish is found around the world but are rarely seen in the wild, except when they are about to die and swimming near the ocean’s surface or when the wash ashore as Ms. Hoffman had found.

Such species live in deeper water, they feed on plankton, jelly fish and squid. A scientist snapped a live oarfish on video in July 2008, and that footage recorded what experts believe had been the first deep-rooted sighting of a living, healthy oarfish swimming in the ocean.

In the old days, the oarfish have been marked as "sea serpents." History perhaps speculate that they may be behind some of the early myths about monsters roaming the seas.

The couple who found the much smaller fish does not match the fins of an oarfish however, they could have been worn down in the surf, said Prof. Waldner. When oarfish do wash up, they usually had a hole on their sides, that’s because the ribbon-shaped fish are most of the time gored through the side by billfish. If it is really an oarfish then it is a small one, said Waldner.

The husband of Carolyn Hoffman is a fisherman. She took a photo with the fish and the man told his wife, "Let's fillet this and eat it." "I said no thanks," Hoffman said.

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Harry Furrevig from Delray Beach holds the sea creature he found with Carolyn Hoffman recently.
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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