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Mythical sea creature captured on film

17 September 2013

Source: IOL scitech

Author: SAPA

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.

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