Scientists Release Breathtaking Video of an Oarfish

Scientists Release Breathtaking Video of an Oarfish

A video has been released by scientists featuring an eight-foot-long shimmering oarfish. The video was taken about 200 feet below the ocean surface.

The video shows oarfish having thin and eel-like body. There are squiggly iridescent markings on the body that glow blue in the video. Moreover, long dorsal fins can be seen that are as big as half the body of that oarfish.

Mark Benfield, a marine biologist at Louisiana State University, said a parasite isopod can be witnessed as a white blob in the fish's spiny dorsal fins. Despite being a common parasite of marine fish, it is the first time ever that one has been seen on an oar fish.

Benfield is the lead author of the paper that has been published in a recent issue of the Journal of Fish Biology describing the oarfish video.

Benfield said, "The striking thing is they swim by undulating their dorsal fin like a propeller, and they can change direction instantly. Most of the time they move slowly and stealthily, but when they want to, they can move fast".

In last five years, Benfield has made video of the oarfish on four different occasions as a part of the Serpent project. The recent video released by him was shot in 2011.


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