Deep-Sea Oarfish Filmed in Gulf (+Video)

June 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A deep-sea oarfish was spotted in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.

A video published recently shows the rare deep-sea oarfish, a creature that lives some 1,500 feet below the surface.

The video was captured by remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Huffington Post. The footage was then uploaded to YouTube.

LiveScience.com pointed out that the footage of the rare specimen was taken in 2011.

The oarfish is believed to be the world’s longest bony fish, which includes all fish except for sharks and rays. The oarfish have been observed reaching as long as 26 feet in length but scientists believe it can get to 50 feet long.

“It was just so exciting to be in that control room, and we were beaming that footage onto a big screen,” Louisiana State University professor Mark C. Benfield told The New York Daily News. “People could just not believe the clarity.”

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