Oarfish are the world's largest bony fish, and they usually don't come in to the beach. They like depths of around 650 feet
, and as far down as 3,000 feet. But in March, a group affiliated with Chicago's Shedd Aquarium
encountered two beautiful oarfish swimming near the shore
of the Sea of Cortés, in Mexico.
These silvery ribbons of fish can grow to enormous sizes - the two in the video are about 15 feet long, but oarfish can grow to be well over three times that size.
When oarfish end up in such shallow water it usually portends a bad end
for the fish, as they don't generally venture into that portion of the ocean unless they are injured or dying. Dissections of two oarfish
that washed ashore last fall showed that one was severely infested with parasites. The other may just have been lost.