This rare and mysterious sea creature washed ashore in Alaska

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This Rare And Mysterious Sea Creature Washed Ashore In Alaska

A rare, six-foot long female ragfish was discovered on the shore of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Gustavus, Alaska on the morning of January 7th.

This is the second sighting of this species in the area since July.

According to the park's Facebook post, "As adults are thought to live at depths near 4,000 feet little is known about the ecology of this animal. Ragfish are mostly cartilaginous and their flesh is much like a squid. Limited data suggests that they mostly eat squid, octopus and jellyfish..."

Mysterious Fish Washes Ashore near Gustavus!A ragfish washed ashore and was found by DOT employee Jeff Jarvis near the...

Posted by Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Thursday, January 7, 2016


Both fish were pregnant when they washed ashore.

The post notes, "According to long time Gustavus resident and naturalist Greg Streveler, these are the only observations he is aware of in 40 years."

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