The Floating World

It’s probably time for Angeleños, Santa Barbarians, and folks in San Diego to start seriously worrying about “The Big One.”  Why does Lunghu say this?  Because rare creatures of the deep are washing ashore on the Southern California coast, and if US Navy sonar can’t be blamed, shifting tectonic rifts may be at fault.

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling off the Southern California coast on Sunday when she spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish with eyes the size of half dollars.  She needed more than 15 helpers to drag the fish to shore [after she had pulled it to the surface].

The oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet, is the longest bony fish species in the world. They dive more than 3,000 feet deep, [so] sightings are rare and they are largely unstudied by marine scientists.

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A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters. The 15-foot-long female Stejneger’s beaked whale was alive when it washed ashore Tuesday night, said a spokesman for Marine Animal Rescue. Its body was covered in bites from so-called cookie-cutter sharks that feed by gouging circular pieces of flesh from larger animals.

The Stejneger’s beaked whale typically dives deep in subarctic waters to feed on squid and small fish, and is rarely seen in the wild. It is believed to migrate as far south as Northern California, but how the whale ended up [near Los Angeles] will probably remain a mystery.

Blame it on the waxing hunter’s moon.

Because no one would notice if she weren't pointing ...

Because no one would notice if she weren’t pointing …


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