Taken from a American website

*** Taken from bloodydecks.com *** 

Isla San Marcos Sea Story

Sea Story~

Aye… she be sliver, A fin of fire…. Like a big dragon… A Serpent from the depths of hell it be.

Likely heard commonly during early days of exploring the world’s seas. So the story goes. No story here… look I’m just going to tell a short version, cause it was about 15 minutes elapsed time. In route about to pass the west lighthouse rocks heading back to the dock. And like all the rides back home… I’m always looking for fishy signs. That’s when I saw something…. Two things appeared to be swimming toward the shallows. Was it a diver pulling a float?? Don’t think so, colors were strange, somewhat alien looking shape too.

Closer look was in order. That’s when I saw what it was. OAR FISH! Two oar fish just swimming in the shallows, why? What took place in the next 15 minutes, somewhat explained what was happing. One of the oar fish beached it’s self on a tide pool rock and the other swam behind it. This fish… which lives in the Abyss of most oceans and is rarely seen on the surface, most specimens are found washed up on shore after big storms. They must come to the shallows to see the light of the sun maybe the first time… before they succumb. I did try to move one of the fish back out to deeper water, but to no avail. It was somewhat sad watching an episode like that take place and nothing you can do. Then again maybe that is the ultimate plan! We’re not to do anything and let things take their natural course.

The Photos pretty much describe the events that took place and here they are.... Enjoy~

The mysterious shapes on the surface moving for the shallows of the West Light House point off Isla San Marcos B.S.C. Mexico. I took this photo at 500 meters with a 70mm lenses.

On closer inspection... it was clear as to what was swimming. Two Oarfish (hard to scale),but they where both over 20 feet in lenght. Largest ones I've seen to date in my waters. (two other encounters in the past 16 years)

As the journey nears it's end.... a gasp of air and a look at the surface world.

To our total surprise the oarfish began lifting it's self on to the tidepool rock. Like a Chinese Dragon come to life.

Just has to be the strangest fish ever. Check the blue blotches out... they were flashing on and off like the way a Marlin lights up when it's excited and ready to eat. Simply amazing! However sad that such a beautiful animal should have to succumb.

This photo helps give some scale to the size of the oarfish (smaller of the two) My son Michael and friend Carlos Garces.

Micheal and the Dragon.... larger of the two taken from the backside of the rock, fish had died durning the same time the other was beaching it's self.

aye.... she be a Dragon! (9 meters long. weight?) We too both oarfish back to the dock for photo records and sizing. Here are also two other records of oarfish at Isla San Marcos.

Oarfish Regalecus glesne September 1th 2007 Isla San Marcos B.C.S. Mexico


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Thats awsome! Bluddy strange

Mon, 2007-09-10 13:55

Thats awsome! Bluddy strange things in our depths and many more that havent been discovered yet id reacon! Wonder what they'd go like on the line?

Keep it tight, reeeeeeel tight!

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Very interesting, thanks for

Mon, 2007-09-10 16:03

Very interesting, thanks for posting Marc.

Jay Burgess

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No worrys Jay, I love the

Mon, 2007-09-10 16:08

No worrys Jay,

I love the comment .....

"Check the blue blotches out... they were flashing on and off like the way a Marlin lights up when it's excited and ready to eat. "

Would of loved to see that!


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Thats real interesting and

Mon, 2007-09-10 17:00

Thats real interesting and great photo's from whoever took them, strange looking fish do you know if they go to scientific research?
Thanks for posting marc.

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Mon, 2007-09-10 17:11

I can hear the serpants calling me, this leads me to search for my deepest abyss! I am for ever covering my tracks, standing here in less than and existance.

My reels screaming zzzzzzz.... awwww damn it, its another boat!

All the best for the future fishing trips.
Cheers.... Jangles

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Mon, 2007-09-10 19:42

What an interesting fish. Kind of a sad story. Great photos, really helped tell the story. Thanks for sharing!

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unreal m8

Mon, 2007-09-10 21:58

A great post
Born to fish forced to work


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no wonder why the old sea

Tue, 2007-09-11 07:29

no wonder why the old sea maps show dragons and monsters on them.  back in those days before comercial fishing, i bet there were heaps of crazy fish swimming around freely.

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Thanks guys, yeah i come

Wed, 2007-09-12 20:30

Thanks guys, yeah i come across some cool stuff on that  USA site.

That fish would be old as the hills i think. Pretty sadbut thats nature i spose 


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