Rare Fish Found and Rescued

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Brothers Jacob and Noah Thompson, of Austin, Texas, were preparing to go out for fly-fishing when they saw a struggling Oarfish washed up on the beach. Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen as it lives in deep waters, the oarfish family contains three species in two genera. One of these, the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne), is the longest bony fish alive, growing up to 36 ft in length.

The one found near Rancho Leonero on the East Cape measured about 8ft long and weighed about 7 lbs.

To revive the weakened animal, Jacob took it into the water and began pulling it backwards to fill its gills with water. After the fish was able to hold itself upright, the brothers watched it swim away and disappear into the ocean. Atta Boys!