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Oarfish are massive, elongated pelagic lampriform fish from the Regalecidae family.
The oarfish family contains three species in two genera and is found in areas ranging
from temperate to tropical ocean zones. The giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne) is the
world’s longest bony fish, reaching 11 meters (36 feet) in length.
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The name oarfish is thought to refer to either the fish’s highly compressed and elongated bodies
or the now-debunked belief that the fish “row” through the water with their pelvic fins. The family
name Regalecidae is derived from the Latin regalis, meaning “royal”. Oarfish beachings after
storms, as well as their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a
likely source of many sea serpent tales.
Although the larger species are considered game fish and are fished commercially to a minor extent,
oarfish are rarely caught alive; their flesh is not well regarded for eating due to its gelatinous consistency.