A Giant Oarfish, The Sea Serpent Of Yore, Washes Up In Sweden

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A specimen of the 11-foot-long giant oarfish - the world's longest bony fish - was found yesterday in Bovallstrand, Sweden. The fish, also known as the "king of herrings," hasn't been seen in Sweden in the last 130 years.


On May 11, a giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne) was discovered on Sweden's western coast in the village of Bovallstrand. Kurt Ove Eriksson, who discovered the fish, initially thought the behemoth was "a big piece of plastic." The dead king of herrings was taken to the House of the Sea museum in Lysekil, Sweden. The museum had this to say about the fish:

The 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.

The giant oarfish can grow up to almost 40 feet (12 meters) - here are some videos of this veritable log o' fish.

[Via Yahoo. Photo via AFP/HO/Marine Museum/Roger Jansson.]


The Curse of Millhaven

I always love it when people attribute this or that animal as the origin of a mythical creature. Like a dragon-ish creature that lives in the sea, a horse with a horn and a big hairy man-thing are so hard to imagine that our ancestors must have been reporting something real.

That said, that is one big herring.