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Second Sea Serpent Washes up in California

Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2013/10/21 00:45:37
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By LIZ FIELDS | Good Morning America – Sat, Oct 19, 2013 8:16 PM EDT

  • Second Sea Serpent Washes up in California (ABC News)

If good things come in pairs, the discovery of another giant, nearly
mystical sea creature should portend positive things for a bunch of
bewildered beachgoers who early Friday evening happened across the
second so-called "discovery of a lifetime" in less than a week.

The 13-and-a half-foot-long oarfish, which washed up on a beach in
Oceanside Harbor, Calif., is the second of the rarely seen creatures to
be found in a matter of days.

"It's so rare to find in Southern California, especially in surface
water," Suzanne Kohin, of the National Marine Fisheries Service said.
"They thought it was a very rare event the first time, so these two
events that we heard of in the last few weeks are the only ones I've
ever heard of."

The first discovery was made by a snorkeling marine scientist who
wrestled the dead 18-foot monster (with help) to shore near Catalina
last Sunday.

"I was thinking I have no idea what that is and like it looks like a
snake but it kind of looks like a giant eel," said onlooker Alexandria
Boyle, who was one of a class of third-graders on a beach trip when the
newest oarfish was found.

Boyle was among a crowd of about 75 who crowded around the creature as
police were called, and waited around for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration to come and collect the carcass.

Oarfish can grow up to 50 feet in length and live in depths of up to
3,000 feet. Little is known about their habits and life cycles, but the
NOAA writes on their website they "probably only come to the surface when injured or dying."

When the first oarfish was found last week, the Catalina Island Marine
Institute hailed it in a news release as a "discovery of a lifetime."

Mark Waddington, a school training guide with the Insitute told ABC News
he spotted another instructor, Jasmine Santana, trying to bring the
fish to shore, and immediately jumped in to help, along with 15 to 20
others.

"I had heard of it in studies, but never thought I would see one in
person," said Waddington, who was "beside himself" when he saw the size
of the fish.

Divers inspecting a navy buoy in the Bahamas were the first known to
videotape a five-foot long oarfish in 2001, claims the NOAA.

The terrifying-looking and toothless oarfish is also known as a ribbon
fish, possessing bony, silvery bodies and bright red-crested heads. They
are thought to have spawned ancient folk tales about sea serpents.

ABC News' Lauren Effron contributed to this report.

Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/sea-serpent-washes-califo...

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  • sglmom 2013/10/21 01:53:41
    None of the above
    sglmom
    +3
    Interesting ..
    seems that so far the first specimen was natural causes for its passing ..
    don't know what this one will bring ..
    so little is known of the species (Oarfish)
    and one known filming of its activities (only a 5 ft long specimen) was published (and this was around a navigational buoy)

    I'm going to watch and see about this second necropsy report (if it is published) ..
    but no matter what ..
    remember .. there's far greater populations along the beaches than ever before ..
    so it is not unexpected that humans would find more species from the depths in far better condition than ever before ..

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  • Runaway ✩ 2013/10/21 06:13:29
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    Runaway ✩
    +1
    They are probably being driven out by an invading alien race from Andromeda - or something like that.
  • oldsalt 2013/10/21 03:02:23
    Just a coincidence...
    oldsalt
    +1
    These critters have been known to exist for years & Scripps Institute has one embalmed. Actually seeing one,dead or alive, is very,very rare though.
  • Kat ♪ ~... oldsalt 2013/10/21 03:17:22 (edited)
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    Yes, it's the frequency they are washing up with now that is odd, 2 in a week or close to it.
  • oldsalt Kat ♪ ~... 2013/10/21 03:21:27
    oldsalt
    +2
    I believe it's a coincidence. No other species seem to be washing up. If all kinds of fish were washing up I'd say there was something out of whack. We'll have to wait & see. BTW a necropsy on the first one showed natural causes. The second one looked like it had been hit in the face by a boat or attacked by another creature.
  • Kat ♪ ~... oldsalt 2013/10/21 03:46:55
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +1
    Hard to say maybe other species taste better on the way up..
  • oldsalt Kat ♪ ~... 2013/10/21 17:18:12
    oldsalt
    +2
    My degree is in Marine Biology. But it was way back in '74 & don't recall even discussing this critter in any classes other than in passing. Of course despite having the degree I'm definitely no expert & never worked in the field. There's a lot of weird things down in deep ocean.
  • Kat ♪ ~... oldsalt 2013/10/23 21:19:13
  • sglmom 2013/10/21 01:53:41
    None of the above
    sglmom
    +3
    Interesting ..
    seems that so far the first specimen was natural causes for its passing ..
    don't know what this one will bring ..
    so little is known of the species (Oarfish)
    and one known filming of its activities (only a 5 ft long specimen) was published (and this was around a navigational buoy)

    I'm going to watch and see about this second necropsy report (if it is published) ..
    but no matter what ..
    remember .. there's far greater populations along the beaches than ever before ..
    so it is not unexpected that humans would find more species from the depths in far better condition than ever before ..
  • Kat ♪ ~... sglmom 2013/10/23 21:19:26
  • sglmom Kat ♪ ~... 2013/10/23 21:34:54
    sglmom
    +1
    That third is the Beaked Whale?
    Have they finished the necropsy on that yet too?
  • Kat ♪ ~... sglmom 2013/10/23 21:42:32
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +1
    He's waiting on test results but here's what the story said.

    Added marine biologist Jose Bacallao of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium: “I’m not going to speculate on any wackiness, but I will say you have years of temperature changes and we have had warmer waters.... I’m not saying the water temperature brought that whale or the oarfish here, but it’s still a pretty amazing sight to see.”

    Dines is also a mammalogist who performed a necropsy on the whale shortly after it was found. His examination showed no signs of trauma such as being hit by a ship and no signs of disease or parasites, Dines said.

    The female whale also didn’t have any food in her stomach — aside from ingested plastic or nylon that wasn’t enough to kill her, Dine said.

    The carcass did show two or three fresh wounds from cookie-cutter sharks, whose name comes from how their bites leave a round wound that cuts through skin, blubber and muscle, Dines said. But those bites weren’t mortal wounds, he said. In fact, the whale had several dozen scars from such bites, which are common in the species, he added.

    Dines is waiting on testing results of tissue samples to determine a cause of death.

    http://wavenewspapers.com/new...
  • sglmom Kat ♪ ~... 2013/10/23 21:49:38
    sglmom
    +1
    If they do publish the necropsy ..
    Please post it on this site so that we can all read what was found out on these three marine life forms ..

    (I'd say so far .. looks like natural causes for the most part .. )
  • Dwight 2013/10/21 01:04:14
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    Dwight
    +1
    Who knows, they may have been refuges from the undersea kingdom.
  • Cn2012 2013/10/21 00:57:34
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    Cn2012
    +1
    It's interesting to say the least, but I wouldn't start worrying about disturbed habitat just yet.
  • Kat ♪ ~... Cn2012 2013/10/23 21:19:43
  • Cn2012 Kat ♪ ~... 2013/10/23 22:18:46
    Cn2012
    +1
    Ok, one more and I'll start to worry. :-)
  • Tordgaard 2013/10/21 00:56:57
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    Tordgaard
    +1
    Hopefully, they're doing toxicology testing.
  • SteveMarine- JLA 2013/10/21 00:55:46
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    SteveMarine- JLA
    +2
    Just some strange stuff goin on out there. Dolphins were caught on video acting like they were afriad of the water... its on utube...freakin dolphins doin everything they could to get out of the ocean... strange stuff.
  • Catch224u 2013/10/21 00:47:48
    Wonder what is going on in the depths...
    Catch224u
    +1
    It must be a sign. Da*n that thing is ugly.
  • Kat ♪ ~... Catch224u 2013/10/21 00:49:50
    Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪
    +2
    Definitely odd to have 2 in so short a time.
  • Kat ♪ ~... Catch224u 2013/10/23 21:20:02

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