Giant oarfish filmed in rare footage

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Giant Oarfish Filmed in Rare Footage

The giant oarfish usually stays nearly 3,000 feet below the waves, but the world's longest bony fish was captured on camera by some lucky tourists.

Tourists actually saw two of the rare creatures off the coast of Mexico in the shallow waters of the Sea of Cortes. The baffling creatures can grow to be more than 50 feet long, and are thought to be the source of legends about sea serpents. (Could you blame anyone who came across an oarfish for thinking that they had encountered a monster?)

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Giant oarfish filmed in rare footage
KARATSU, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 05: A teacher measures the length of the oarfish stranded onto the beach at Kashiwajima Island on February 5, 2002 in Karatsu, Saga, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
HAGI, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 05: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Two researchers lie beside a giant oarfish at Hagi Museum on February 5, 2014 in Hagi, Yamaguchi, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Bank's Oarfish, circa 1850. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The oarfish these tourists saw were about 15 feet long.

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