When the photo first surfaced on the internet we all had to take a good look at it. Is that real? How did I not know that huge creature is swimming around out there? As a scuba diver, it made me a little uneasy. I am certain that I would have somewhat of a panic attack if THAT thing swam up to me, or along side of me.
Scientists disected the oarfish and found “large, larval tapeworms in its intestine. An adult spiny-headed worm also was found embedded in the intestine.” This is just the beginning in trying to determine why this fish died. Another washed ashore a few days later in Oceanside.
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*Associated Press, “Parasites found in Calif. “sea serpent” dissection” 10 October 2013, <http://news.msn.com/science-technology/parasites-found-in-calif-sea-serpent-dissection?ocid=msnnws> accessed 3 November 2013.Photo Credit: © AP Photo: Catalina Island Marine Institute, File