The third rare creature washed ashore on a California beach on Friday.
This time, it was a 13.5 foot long oarfish carcass at Oceanside Harbor.
Sightings of oarfishes are rare because the fish dive more than 3,000 feet deep. Samples are going to be taken to see how the fish died.
The oarfish discovery follows a larger, 18-foot long oarfish carcass washing ashore on Santa Catalina Island.
“We’ve never seen a fish this big,” Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, Catalina Island Marine Institute’s sail training ship, told the AP. “The last oarfish we saw was three feet long.”
About 15 people were needed to carry the humongus carcass.
And between these oarfish discoveries, a rare whale known for its saber-like teeth washed ashore in Venice Beach.
The rare whale was a Stejneger’s beaked whale — also known as the Saber-toothed whale. It was about 15-feet long.
“These whales are incredibly rare and almost never seen in the wild,” Nick Fash, an education specialist for Heal the Bay, told the LA Times.
Three animals that are rarely seen by humans washing ashore in California in the span of a week?
Something smells fishy.
(All photos from Twitter)
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