Have You Ever Seen an Oarfish Swim?

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Marine Life

Last October, two oarfish washed up on California beaches in one week, surprising beach-goers, inspiring extreme theories and exciting scientists.

Oarfish live as deep as 3,000 feet below the surface and are rarely seen in shallow waters, so scientists were excited to have the opportunity to learn from the two dead fish.

But pictures of half-dissected oarfish in a lab aren’t nearly as cool as getting to see one alive and swimming up-close and personal. That’s just what those participating in a recent Shedd Adventures trip got to see — not one, but two oarfish swimming in shallow waters. Check it out:


Video © Shedd Aquarium/Un-Cruise Adventures

To learn more about oarfish, check out these facts.

Copyright © 2014 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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