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 (131 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. 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 uses 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).

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