The video of an 18-foot Oarfish that was found in Toyon Bay, Catalina Island on Sunday has gone viral.
A couple of former UCSB graduates are now working for the Catalina Island Marine Institute and were a part of the crew of this once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
Not much information is known about oarfish because they live nearly 3,000-feet deep in the ocean. Oarfish are found in all tropical waters, but are rarely seen, dead or alive. The giant creature is the longest bony fish species and can grow as long as 56 feet.
Tissue samples and footage were sent to Dr. Milton Love, research biologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Love was excited to hear about this discovery, as well as getting the opportunity to further research this sea creature.