This looks like the kind of tropical fish you’d see in someone’s salt water aquarium, except this fish is 3.5 feet long and weighs 100 pounds! It is an opah, found washed up on the beach in Seaside, Oregon. The fish was already dead, but was found before the birds could help themselves to it.
Keith Chandler, the general manager of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN that an opah on the Oregon coast is “uncommon to find” and he also added that the fish was “in such great shape.”
“They’re pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on the shore,” said Chandler. “It was pretty exciting for locals.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), little is known about the species since they live deep in the ocean. The species is usually found in temperate and tropical waters.
The Seaside Aquarium took the opah and plan to dissect it to learn more about the species. -via Fark
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