Much to locals’ shock, a 100-pound deep ocean fish washed up on an Oregon beach.
The 3.5-foot Opah, a tropical fish, was found on Sunset Beach last Wednesday, the Seaside Aquarium said in a Facebook post.
The aquarium went to the beach to collect the unusual fish after seeing photos.
“It caused a stir at the Aquarium, where people were encouraged to come and take a look at this beautiful and strange fish,” the aquarium wrote.
Little is known about the Opahs as they live in the depths of the ocean and they are typically found in tropical and temperate waters around the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Their unusual appearance includes a round, flat body that is silvery gray in color. Their fins and mouth are red, and their large eyes are surrounded by gold, according to the NOAA website.
Ophas can stand over 6 feet tall and weigh over 600 pounds, although their average weight is 100 pounds.
“These are pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on shore,” Keith Chandler, CEO of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN. “It was pretty exciting for the locals.
Chandler said the fish was found dead, but his body is in good condition and will be placed in a freezer until school starts.
Then, “a lucky school group” will participate in the dissection of the fish to learn more about the species.
According to the aquarium, the last time an Opah was found near Oregon was in 2009, 37 miles off the mouth of the Columbia River.
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