A Giant Oarfish : Regalecus Glesne aka King of Herrings (Bovallstrand in Sweden)

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A Giant Oarfish, known as a Regalecus glesne and nicknamed the 'king of herrings' has washed up on the shore in Bovallstrand in Sweden. A specimen has not been seen in the area for 130 years and the Giant OarFish is an exciting find. View a photo of the Giant Oarfish.

The Oarfish that washed up was 11-feet-long and is known as the world's boniest fish, hence the nickname 'king of herrings'. It is not known what happened to the fish.

The man who discovered the Giant Oarfish first thought the fish was a giant piece of plastic, but then it was taken to the House of the Sea museum in Lysekil, Sweden. The museum said:

he last time we saw a King of Herrings in Sweden was in 1879 [...] We don't know much about the species [...] but believe it lives in deep waters, at least 1000 meters (3280 feet) deep, and many believe it's at the origin of the sea serpent myth.

Source: io9.com

It is not known what the museum is going to do with the fish at this time, but they are currently studying it and finding out more about the species. They can grow up to 50 feet long and are saltwater fish that normally stay far below in the depths of the ocean.

They have been caught on camera a few times over the years but the sightings are rare as the fish live so far below the surface of the ocean.

Watch from Youtube's Video A Giant Oarfish : Regalecus Glesne aka King of Herrings (Bovallstrand in Sweden):

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