Awesomely gross Oarfish Necropsy

Last week, two Oarfish were found beached on the California coast. This subsequently set the internet ablaze with conspiracy theories surrounding their deaths. But the way to ultimately figure out how these creatures met their demise is to conduct a necropsy. And that is exactly what scientists at NOAA did. Not only that, they posted the pictures online!  I can’t embed the pictures here, but I encourage you to check them out at  And don’t miss the podcast. NOAA biologist Russ Vetter talks about the oarfish, the dissection and sticking his hand down its throat. Yeah he went there. I wouldn’t.

Measuring a somewhat decomposed oarfish face [source: NOAA]

Dr. Martini (156 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.

2 Replies to “Awesomely gross Oarfish Necropsy”

  1. eeeewww!!! EEEEEEWWWW!!! DSN is getting so nasty (and I kinda like it ;)) Happy Halloween! :D

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