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New 14-foot 'sea serpent' found in California

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Photo from:  U-T San Diego Photo from: U-T San Diego
OCEANSIDE, CA -

A giant fish that washed ashore in California may be an ancestor to the legendary Lock Ness Monster.

This is the second time in the past week that a giant 'sea serpent' has attracted gawkers on a Southern California beach.

This time the rare, snakelike oar fish was found floating in the water Friday afternoon in Oceanside.

U-T San Diego reports that the fish measured nearly 14 feet long.

It's very unusual to find the deep-water fish near shore since they live at depths below 3,000 feet.  That's why a second one washing up on short within a week seems so rare.

On Sunday, a snorkeler off Catalina Island found a dead 18-foot-long oar fish and dragged it ashore with the help of a dozen other people.

According to the Catalina Island Marine Institute, oar fish can grow to more than 50 feet, making them the longest bony fish in the world.

That's why some believe they are likely responsible for sea serpent legends throughout history.

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Information from: U-T San Diego

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