Sea Serpent (Oarfish) Video Included.

Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic Lampriform fishes comprising the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the king of herrings, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bony fish alive, at up to 17 metres (56 ft) in length. 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.  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.


Rare encounters with divers and accidental catches have supplied what little is known of oarfish behavior and ecology. Apparently solitary animals, oarfish may frequent significant depths up to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). In 2001 an oarfish was filmed alive and in situ: the 1.5 meter fish was spotted by a group of US Navy personnel during the inspection of a buoy in the Bahamas. The oarfish was observed to propel itself via an amiiform mode of swimming; that is, rhythmically undulating the dorsal fin whilst keeping the body itself straight. Perhaps indicating a feeding posture, oarfish have been observed swimming in a vertical orientation, with their long axis perpendicular to the ocean surface. In this posture the downstreaming light would silhouette the oarfishes’ prey, making them easier to spot.

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11 Responses to Sea Serpent (Oarfish) Video Included.

  1. travelrat says:

    I wonder if there is a freshwater version … found, for instance, in Lake Champlain, Loch Ness etc.?

  2. magsx2 says:

    Hi travelrat,
    Very interesting, especially the photo’s, it seems to be more eel like (no humps) it also seems to be very long. I feel you can’t dismiss these things, as I’ve stated before, they are discovering new species all the time. With the Oarfish, it only surfaces when it is about to die, this is why it’s not seen all the time. Who knows, if this “fish” in the Lake may have some strange behaviors as well. It obviously doesn’t surface all that much.

  3. Ron says:

    Awesome looking fish.

  4. magsx2 says:

    Hi Ron,
    Yes it certainly is.

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  6. Amazing the wonders of god’s creation. Another beastie of which I was unaware…so near to shore, too! I wondeer if oarfish are conducive to poetry?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Jonathan,
      So many different types of creatures in the sea, and always new ones being discovered as well, I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and Thank You very much for your comment. Sorry I didn’t get to your comment sooner, I am on a break from blogging at the moment, but will certainly go to your blog for a visit when I return. 🙂

  7. Very interesting, especially the photo’s!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Stefan,
      It is very pretty I thought in it’s own way, with the colours that it has, just amazing what type of creatures can be found in our waters.

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