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    2nd Oarfish Washes on Beach in England this Month

    An Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was recently found washed up on a beach in England, making this the second beached Oarfish this month. This recent ribbon of a fish measured in at 9’7″ and was found at Tynemouth Beach, in North Tyneside. The specimen was collected for an autopsy that will be performed at Tynemouth’s Blue […]

    An Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was recently found washed up on a beach in England, making this the second beached Oarfish this month. This recent ribbon of a fish measured in at 9’7″ and was found at Tynemouth Beach, in North Tyneside. The specimen was collected for an autopsy that will be performed at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium. One member of the Blue Reef team, Mr. Zahara d’Aronville, has said this specimen was in very good condition and at the moment they are unsure of why it died. [Via PFK]

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    Photo by  wwmo2. Creative Commons

    These rare fish are believed to be deepwater creatures, and very little is known about them. Below is a video showing a live specimen moments before its passing. Truly a spectacular animal.

     

    6 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      March 3, 2009 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

      That’s awesome!!! Really sad that it died though, but certainly a fish that I’ve never, ever seen before. Thanks a lot, Eric!

    2. March 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

      We blogged about the oarfish a while back so it’s great to see a follow-up! Truly a fascinating animal.

    3. Richard
      March 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

      deep water!

    4. rarelyseriousb
      March 3, 2009 at 8:57 PM | Permalink

      man I love this site because of stuff like this you dig up. keep up the great work

    5. March 4, 2009 at 1:08 PM | Permalink

      Very cool, wonder if they have videos of it in the deeps

    6. Jeremy Maneyapanda
      March 4, 2009 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

      Longest fish in the coean at 30 feet? Who was that clown in the video?

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