WATCH: Giant Sea Monster Discovered Off Catalina Island Coast

Giant 18-foot oarfish found off California coastSubscribe to ITN News: An 18-foot eel-like fish has been discovered by a snorkeler off the Californian coastline. The carcass of the creature, thought to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents, was spotted near Catalina Island. Experts believe it is an oarfish, which can grow up to 56 feet long and is rarely…2013-10-16T08:02:21.000Z

An 18-foot-long oarfish carcass was discovered off the coast of California’s Catalina Island by Jasmine Santana, a local snorkeling instructor.

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It took 15 people to get the leviathan’s body out of the water, which is still pretty small by oarfish standards. The illusive creatures are known to grow nearly 60-feet-long. Still, the island intends to put the rare fish on display for future visitors to enjoy.