The Oarfish Mon 22nd Oct 2012
Good Morning Everyone
Another strange creature from the depths of the sea……………….The Oarfish
Oarfish is a Lampiform fish in the small family Regalecidae. It’s very long and slim fish. The total length of oarfish is about 36 feet. Weight is up to 600lb. Live oarfish has a very beautiful colored skin, but it quickly fades out when the oarfish died. It has a slim long body that tapering to a fine point. The first 10 to 12 of dorsal fin rays are elongated to varying degrees, forming a trailing crest. The mouse of oarfish is small and hasn’t any visible teeth.
Oarfish is a pelagic fish, it’s live in a depth up to 3300ft. Sometimes the oarfish accompany the shoals of herring, so it’s named “king of herring” in some languages. Maybe oarfish feed on the herring, but probably it feed on the zooplankton – some little minnows and shrimps.
Some facts about oarfish- The largest oarfish was about 36 feet long - The oarfish swim in vertical condition unlike other fishes - Encounters with live oarfish is a very rare - In 2001 live oarfish is filmed first time - Oarfish was recorded to Guinness Record Book as a longest bone fish in the world - The russian folk rock group “Troll bends fir” has a song “King of herring” about the oarfish - The meat of oarfish is inedible
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