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Oarfish's Misfortune is Scientists' Boon

Oct. 29, 2013

The U.S. media reported gleefully this month that two real-life sea monsters had hit the beaches of Southern California. But the two huge — and dead — giant oarfish have prompted an equally delighted reaction among the world’s ichthyologists, who are keen to know more about these little-studied animals. Misty Paig-Tran, a biomechanicist at Cal State Fullerton, now has most of the second oarfish in a freezer at California State University, Fullerton. “Lots and lots of research is going to come out of this one specimen,” says Paig-Tran, who was offered the specimen because she is working on deep-sea fish. “You get a little giddy inside to know you have a 14-foot-long entire fish.” Read the article online.

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