- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SANTA CATALINA, Calif. (AP) - Residents of Santa Catalina Island have found a second sea monster on their shores in just three months.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1PyYZHz ) that a dead 14-foot-long male oarfish - a rarely seen deep-sea creature - was found Monday. The fish may have been about 7 feet longer, but it had self-amputated its tail, which is a common occurrence to shed weight and improve metabolism.

Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied. The creatures can grow up to 50 feet long.

Mountain and Sea Adventures President Annie MacAulay dissected the newest fish. She says to see two in a three-month period after never seeing one her entire career is incredibly exciting.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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