Twice, giant oarfish washed up on beaches in Southern California recently. A denizen of the deep, it is not often seen, and seldom alive.
According to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, oarfish can grow to more than 50 feet, making them the longest bony fish in the world.
They are likely responsible for sea serpent legends throughout history.
Good thesis. It’s unwise to simply discount legends; they are usually based on something, if only because few human beings have the imagination to invent a durable icon without any materials from nature at all.
Oarfish live, at one min: