Florida: St. Petersburg Beach. Retired Rear Adm. Edward Ellsberg dragged this 11', 2" fish from the Gulf surf., Pinellas county, Florida, United States, Atlantic
6 Apr 1967
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Lampriformes Regalecidae
Retired Rear Adm. Edward Ellsberg dragged this 11', 2" fish from the Gulf surf. See attached Multimedia newspaper article. Measured in March 2014 and the length is 10' 2". It has shrunk 1 foot in 47 years.
For the last six months, OEC modelmaker Carolyn Thome has been hard at work creating the model of a ten-foot-long Regalecus glesne (oarfish), an ocean-dwelling creature at times mistakenly thought to be a sea monster by the rare few who see one in nature. This is one of the four life-size models that will be displayed in the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Hall, opening in September. Unlike the mold for the Giant Japanese spider crab model, which was made using a real crab specimen, the mold for the oarfish model was formed from a clay sculpture Thome shaped based on photographs o [...]