Deep Water fish washed up

Courtesy Mark Bussey / Oceanside

A 13.5 foot oarfish was found along the coast in Oceanside, Calif. on Friday.

By Daniella Silva, NBC News

For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.

Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long.

“The call came out as a possible dead whale stranded on the beach, so we responded and saw the fish on the sand right as it washed up, ” Bussey said.

Oceanside police then contacted SeaWorld San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Suzanne Kohin of NOAA Fisheries Serivice responded, measured and took possession of the oarfish for research, Bussey said.

Bussey added that people on the beach were “flabbergasted” to see the fish.

A 13.5 foot oarfish was found along the coast in Oceanside, Calif., on Friday.

“It’s not the typical fish you see on shore, ” he said, adding the oarfish probably weighed over 200 pounds.

But Bussey recognized the fish from the sighting less than a week ago off Catalina Island. Jasmine Santana, a science instructor for the Catalina Marine Institute was snorkeling off Toyon Bay when she discovered the body of the creature on a seabed.


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