17 September 2013
Source: IOL scitech
Paris - Environmentalists on Monday unveiled unprecedented footage of a legendary sea creature, the giant oarfish, as they stepped up a campaign against bottom trawling.
The origin of the myth of the sea serpent - a snake deemed capable of capsizing vessels and swallowing crew - the giant oarfish reaches a length of 11 metres and more than 250 kilos. Eel-like in appearance, the creature (Regalecus glesne) is the world's longest bony fish. It is only rarely seen by humans, and usually only as a bizarre, unwanted bycatch from commercial fishing.
At a press conference in Paris, ocean conservationists showed exclusive footage of the sinuous giant in its deep-sea environment as part of its effort to highlight dangers from trawling the sea bed.