Last week, an unusual sea creature washed up on the shores of the Oregon Coast—a 3-foot, 100-pound opah.
Also known as a moonfish, the bright orange and blue critter has cartoonish, large eyes and is often found in open tropical waters. So it came as a surprise last week when Seaside Aquarium uploaded images to its Facebook page of a dead moonfish stranded on Sunset Beach, just south of Fort Stevens State Park.
“It created quite the stir at the Aquarium,” they wrote. “Folks were encouraged to come take a look at this beautiful and odd-looking fish.”
Because they often live in deep waters, little is known about the lives of moonfish. The Oregon specimen could help change that. The fish has been frozen until a local school group is selected to dissect the marine animal, after which it’ll be studied further by scientists.