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Parasites found in the California Oarfish

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.

The crew of sailing school vessle Tole Mour & Catalina Island Marine Institute instructors hold an 18-foot-long oarfish that was found in the waters of Toyon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, California on October 13, 2013.

The crew of sailing school vessle Tole Mour & Catalina Island Marine Institute instructors hold an 18-foot-long oarfish that was found in the waters of Toyon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, California on October 13, 2013.

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.

For the entire article and more information, please read the article HERE

*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&gt; accessed 3 November 2013.

Photo Credit: © AP Photo: Catalina Island Marine Institute, File
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4 comments on “Parasites found in the California Oarfish

  1. Domari Dickinson
    November 6, 2013

    WOW! That must have been an exciting day for the team!

  2. Karen
    November 7, 2013

    Holy cow! I had no idea there were fish that huge. Whales, sharks, squids, sure.. but a regular fish? I need to get out in the water more. Or not… 🙂

    But that’s terrible. I didn’t even realize fish could get tapeworms. I hope they find what’s causing this to happen to these fish.

    • Plunder for the Planet
      November 13, 2013

      We’ve done a lot of damage to our oceans. We have so many creatures that are ill and / or dying and many of them we have no idea why. Very sad.

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