You probably heard recently about the first video footage of a live giant squid.  This squid isn’t the only elusive deep sea species that has never been seen live.  Most of what we know about deep sea species comes from dead specimens, but another sneaky one was just caught on camera for the first time: the oarfish!  These freaky, weirdo fish have a long, ribbon-like body and can grow quite large.  I remember a fresh specimen coming into our lab during my graduate work.  We just marveled at how strange this fish was and how lucky we were to see one with our own eyes.  Check out the video below and read about it HERE.  Fast fwd to around 4:30, which is where you start to get a really good view of the fish.

oarfish

Photo from HERE

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About Tricia

I am a science geek who loves traveling and anything to do with the ocean!

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