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Oarfish, Regalecus glesne: This rarely-seen example of a deep water oarfish washed up on Isla San Marcos, near Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, on Dec. 27, 1993. Mike Kanzler, who lives on the island, said, "“Since I've been on the island, two such fish have been found after strong wind storms in the winter. This is a photo of the larger one, about 12 foot. I've seen a live one of 20-plus feet years ago while fishing for bait in 230 feet of water off the Haystack." Photo courtesy Mike Kanzler.

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Oarfish, Regalecus Glesne: A 23-foot long Oarfish that washed up at the Naval Training Center, Coronado Island, Calif, September 1996. The rare creature is a filter feeder and normally lives from about 700 feet deep to as much as 2,000 feet deep. Fish I.D. courtesy Peter Langstraat.

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