26-year-old Jasmine Santana who works as a snorkeling instructor for the Catalina Island Marine Institute recently stumbled upon an 18-foot long oarfish.
Sea life comes in many different and sometimes ridiculously rare forms.
26-year-old Jasmine Santana who works as a snorkeling instructor for the Catalina Island Marine Institute recently stumbled upon an 18-foot long creature called an oarfish, which is the longest known bony fish in the entire world.
Santana had been snorkeling in Toyon Bay on a recent Sunday afternoon when she made eye contact with a large marine mammal that was resting on the sandy bottom of the sea. The creature’s eye was about the size of half a dollar bill .
Santana got closer for a better look and realized the oarfish was dead, but its body was entirely intact. She did not take an underwater camera with her, so she opted to drag the giant oarfish to shore.
Santana spent about 15 minutes trying to pull the 400 pound oarfish. Over a dozen witnesses soon noticed her and rushed to help.
The Catalina Island Marine Institute is now in possession of the carcass and will most likely use the skeleton for educational purposes. Workers at the institute are calling it the “discovery of a lifetime”.