Some are calling it - the Discovery of a Lifetime
Staff at the Catalina Island Marine Institute in southern California are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.
It took more than 15 people to haul the silvery carcass of a 5.4 metre long, serpent-like oarfish out of the Pacific on Sunday.
The fish apparently died of natural causes.
Because oarfish dive more than 900 metres deep, sightings are rare and they are largely unstudied.