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Story of a lifetime

by Randy Allen

I wouldn't believe it either if I didn't see the picture!

An 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish was caught off the coast of Catalina Island near Los Angeles.

A marine science instructor snorkeling found the oarfish and got 15 others to help him bring it to shore.  The fish apparently died of natural causes.

Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied.