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PHOTO: 18-Foot Serpent-Like Oarfish Dragged to California Shore

Animal's skeleton will be put up for display


When snorkeling off the South Carolina coast, marine science instructor Jasmine Santana found the carcass of an 18-foot-long oarfish that resembles the sea serpents of mythology.

The Associated Press reports that Santana — of the Catalina Island Marine Institute — needed help from more than 15 other people to drag the animal out of the water. The oarfish can grow up to 50 feet long but they are hard to spot because they are hard to stop since they dwell 3,000 feet under the ocean.

The animal reportedly died of natural causes and tissue samples of it were sent to the University of California to be studies by biologists. The oarfish will be buried under sand until it decomposes and then the skeleton will be taken and reconstructed for display.

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