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Ribbon Fish

Feb 5th, 2009 | By ssacn | Category: SSACN Announcements

A rare deep water Ribbonfish – Regalecus glesne - also known as an Oarfish has been washed up on the beach at Hauxley, near Amble in Northumberland.

Ribbon fish are very rare in UK waters – only three or four have been reported caught or washed up in the last 50 years . They can grow up to 10m or 11m long and weigh more than a quarter of a tonne, but are usually more at home in deep, sub-tropical oceans.

The Ribbonfish propels itself with a long undulating dorsal fin, and is the longest bony fish in the sea and is believed to be the fish that was feared by mariners for many centuries as a mythical sea serpent or monster.

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