You just never know when you may be called upon to help an animal in need. Two brothers were in the right place at the right time when a rare fish needed their help.
Noah and Jacob Thompson were just heading out to do some fly fishing while on vacation in Mexico when they experienced a sudden change in plans. While driving to their fishing destination, they spotted something shining on the beach. It looked like a creature as they viewed it for the first time from about a hundred feet away.
“We noticed it from a distance as we were cruising up on our four-wheeler,” Noah Thompson said. “My brother was off the quad before I could even stop it and had his hands on his head screaming — he knew exactly what it was.”
Normally An Oarfish Is Over 3,000 Feet Down.
Jacob knew that the 8 to 9-foot fish was a juvenile oarfish. This rare sea creature that normally lives at depths of 3,300 feet can grow to be approximately 56 feet long.
“It was a very strange creature,” Thompson recalled. “It’s easy to see now where legends and lore of sea monsters really come from. It was, in every essence of the word, a true sea monster. I can’t imagine bumping into a bigger one.”
The Oarfish Recovered
The brothers didn’t catch the fish that they planned to. But that didn’t matter. “It was a pretty incredible experience to be able to share with my little brother,” Thompson added. “I’ll never forget that moment.”