Snorkeling Science Teacher Finds 18-foot Oarfish off California's Catalina Island

Posted: October 16, 2013  |  By: Michael Walsh [New York Daily News]

The dread of the ancient mariner is the dream of the marine biologist.

A science instructor at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in California discovered a rare 18-foot oarfish while leisurely snorkeling Sunday afternoon. The oarfish, the longest bony fish species, is rarely seen — dead or alive — and many believe it is the explanation for mythical sea serpent sightings of eras past.

Jasmine Santana, 26, discussed the once-in-a-lifetime find with the Daily News, starting with when she spotted the dead fish on the sandy floor of Toyon Bay.

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