Oarfish in the wild

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Oarfish in the wild

Post  Admin on 18th February 2010, 7:13 am

Oarfish are very long, greatly elongated and is a pelagic and they are from the family Regalecidae.

These deep water fish are in most temperate and tropical oceans but rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera.
One of these, the king of herrings (Regalecus glesne), 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 most likely in reference to the fish rowing,so to speak, themselves through the water with their pelvic fins.

The family name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning "royal".

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. Although the larger species are considered game fish and are (to a minor extent) fished commercially, oarfish are rarely caught alive.

This is a video from youtube of an oar fish by some scientists.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWfIRzJDjnc


This an oar fish (Regalicus glesne) found on one of our club trips.

It was actualy sick and was only so quiet because of that.


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