Beachgoers on California’s Catalina Island were treated to a rare sight this week: a giant oarfish.
Staffers with the Catalina Island Conservancy discovered the creature on Monday morning and quickly alerted other wildlife groups. It took 16 people to move it to the beach, the Orange County Register reported.
Annie MacAulay, the president and CEO of outdoor and environmental education nonprofit Mountain & Sea Adventures, came to the scene after she heard about the find. She told CNN she estimates it is between 14 and 17 feet long, and it’s the first oarfish she’s seen in her 20 years living on Catalina.
“It’s very rare,” she told ABC 7. “I’m on the water all the time doing research and teaching with the kids and I’ve never seen one.”