Skip to comments.Giant bizarre deep sea fish filmed in Gulf of Mexico (Oarfish, can reach 50 ft. (17m) in length)
Posted on 02/08/2010 9:49:54 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Extraordinary footage of a rarely seen giant deep sea fish has been captured by scientists.
Using a remotely operated vehicle, they caught a rare glimpse of the huge oarfish, perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting.
The oarfish, which can reach 17m long, has previously only been seen on a few occasions dying at the sea surface, or dead washed ashore.
The scientists also filmed for the first time the behaviour of a manefish.
Mark Benfield from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, US was undertaking a survey as part of the Serpent project, a collaboration between marine scientists and energy companies such as BP, Shell, Chevron and Petrobras working in the Gulf of Mexico.
Using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) provided by the oil and gas companies, the scientists are able to explore the deep like never before.
During one of these surveys, the scientists glimpsed a giant oarfish.
Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) are one of the world's longest fish reaching 17m.
Their strange appearance may have provided the basis for the sea serpent myths told by early ocean travellers.
Not only are they elongated, they also have a prominent dorsal fin which gives it an unusual "serpent" appearance.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
Professor Mark Benfield Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, US
Video at the link.
self-ping for life beyond the firewall
Too skinny to be a mistaken identity of Kennedy........
drat, that pic is too durn big for a double post! Ya beat me!
what the hell is that? is that the oar fish?
But is it good eating?
That it is! I don’t recall ever seeing one before today.
appears to be the same fish as in the video
“On this occasion the fish was observed underneath Thunderhorse in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest semi-submersible oil rigs in the world.”
Cajuns want to know.....how does it taste???
Why did they kill it?
I kid you not, that was the first face that popped in my head too.. lol
Damn, I viewed the Oarfish , it’s pretty cool looking.., the other video was toast already.. fingers crossed it pops up again.
They didn’t kill the one in the video, the only way these are typically observed is after they are dead and happen to wash ashore.. as shown in the pic.
You own me a new keyboard
This is too freaky-deeky. I actually had a nightmare about an encounter with one of these fish. It was very disturbing.
Oh thanks Norm it would have been nice if I read the article. I’m glad they did not kill it. Looks like it would taste good fried.
OH LOL LOL
“We’re gonna neeed a bigger bottle of tartar sauce!”
The video’s there. In fact, I believe the fish evolved from a bad golfer looking for lost balls he hit in the water hazard. The fish looks like he’s carrying a 9-iron. Check it out.
I’m a lemon juice and malt vinegar man myself, but that’d take the entire tree!
CONTRARY TO ENVIRONWACKO BELIEF: FISH LOVE TO HANG OUT AT OIL RIGS. That’s why so many fishing boats and divers hang out there as well. The rigs act as reefs, provide shelter and benefit the fish resource. Here industry and science are working together.
“On this occasion the fish was observed underneath Thunderhorse in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest semi-submersible oil rigs in the world.
The Serpent project run by the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is a unique collaborative project between scientists and industry.
Oil and gas companies allow scientists access to their deep sea technologies and infrastructure in a bid to aid their research.
“(It) provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about life in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico. That we found an oarfish while doing so was a fantastic bonus,” said Professor Benfield.
I believe it is spelled whorefish.
The guy on the left looks like he has a great set of boobs.
How many fish sticks do you think we could get out of that one?
video gone again
Reminds me of a Russian fishing trawler that hauled up something so odd that the crew thought they had captured an alien. So what did they do?. The ate it. Turns out it was something called a guitar fish.
That’s OK as it was a given since the picture splained the whole thing.
Why are you telling me that? Do you know I’m overweight?
Sorry Jabba I didn’t know, but he still looks like he has a good set of boobs....Hope you don’t.....cause you could probably hurt me bad if you got mad at me... I really think your cute and lovely and handsome and gracious....also forgiving....:O) gg
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