One Fishy Thing: Elusive Animal Washes Ashore

Image: Seaside Aquarium/Facebook

Marine scientists are eagerly investigating a 100-pound opah fish, or “moonfish,” that washed ashore in Oregon last week. The deep-sea fish usually makes its home in temperate or tropical waters, raising questions about how it came to be so far north. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), not much is known about the fish, which has red and silver scales and gold around its eyes.

Scientists say the fish was discovered on Sunset Beach in Seaside, OR, just in time. The fish is estimated to have been onshore for an hour before its discovery and managed to avoid damage from sea birds. “They’re pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on the shore,” Keith Chandler, the general manager of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN. “It was pretty exciting for locals.” The fish is being kept in a large freezer at the aquarium. One particular school group will get to watch scientists dissect the elusive creature to collect all the data they possibly can from this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

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