Saturday, October 19, 2013

What’s Going on in California? Third Rare Creature Washes Ashore

Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:31

The third rare creature washed ashored 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.
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