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Oarfish Discoveries Producing Scientific Clues

Oct. 29, 2013

Over at Cal State Fullerton, the entire 14-foot-long oarfish that washed up in Oceanside just five days after another oarfish was discovered is in the early stages of an extensive examination process.

In the initial assessment, hundreds of thousands of eggs were found in the oarfish’s nearly 6-foot-long ovaries. Cal State Fullerton researcher Misty Paig-Tran is studying the mechanical properties of the fish’s bony skeleton.

“They release their eggs in the water and then the males will come by and release their sperm – it is not an internal fertilization by any means,” Paig-Tran said, noting that the eggs weren’t fertilized.

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