Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Thought to be the inspiration of sea serpent stories, the monstrously long oarfish provokes wonder in nearly all who witness it. Yet despite our fascination, little is known about this fish, its lifecycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment. With the help of a frozen specimen, CalState assistant professor Misty Paig-Tran provides us with a biomechanist’s insight into the physiology of this real-life sea monster.


Produced by Luke Groskin
Filmed by Christian Baker, Luke Groskin, CalState – Fullerton
Music by Audio Network
Additional Stills and Video by UnCruise Adventures
Mark Benfield
and Juan, Pablo Maturana, Corrine Bourbellion, Thomas Kohler

Meet the Producer

About Luke Groskin

Luke Groskin is Science Friday’s video producer. He’s on a mission to make you love spiders and other odd creatures.