Snorkeler finds 18-foot oarfish near Catalina Island, Calif.

10/16/2013 | Reuters

The carcass of an 18-foot oarfish was pulled ashore Sunday after being discovered by a marine instructor who was snorkeling near Catalina Island, Calif. Jasmine Santana, an instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, found the eel-like creature resting on the sandy bottom, almost perfectly intact. Oarfish, which are rarely seen, can grow up to 56 feet in length and are thought to have inspired tales of giant sea serpents.

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