Oarfish – a discovery for me !

Today I read about an Oarfish found somewhere in Australia by a marine scientist. Found this to be pretty intriguing and did some Googling for my knowledge.

Found that its like a snake in the seas and rightly called a sea serpent! They grow as long as 15 mtrs!! that’s so much for our eyes to capture at one go 🙂

Here is what Wikipedia says about it:

Oarfishes are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fishes and belong to the small family Regalecidae.[1] Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne), is the longest bony fish alive, at up to 17 metres (56 ft) in length.[2][3]

The common name oarfish is presumably in reference to either their highly compressed and elongated bodies, or to the former (but now discredited) belief that the fish “row” themselves through the water with their pelvic fins.[4] The family name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning “royal”. The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales.”

Sea world is a source of so much news and discovery for us! Only if we had that much time and priorities to understand everything under the sky!!! Thank God for internet, we can make it up with a little wiki and google!

Ciao!

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About Surabhi

I write on my several blogs on topics that touch life everyday. The most inspiring being the time I spend with my son!!
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