The king of herrings or giant oarfish, Regalecus glesne, is an oarfish of the family Regalecidae that is found in all the world’s oceans at depths of between 300 and 1000 meters. Its total length can reach 17 m, and it can weigh up to 300 kg. Neither a true herring, nor a close relative, the rarely seen king of herrings is the world’s longest bony fish.
Its length (the record is 17 m (56 ft)) and bizarre appearance are presumed to be responsible for some sea serpent sightings.
In May, 2010 a dead 3 m specimen was found off the coast of Sweden. The last time one had been reported in Swedish waters was in 1879.
(From Wikipedia, September 5th, 2010)
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Oceanic and can live at great depths (Ref. 2850), but occasionally cast up on beaches (Ref. 9563). Feed on euphausiid crustaceans, small fishes and squid (Ref. 6738). Spawning occurs between July and December and larvae are encountered near the surface (Ref. 9337). Also caught with encircling nets and marketed fresh (Ref. 9337). In Guinness Book of Records as longest bony fish (Ref. 6472).
(From Fishbase.org, via EOL, September 5th, 2010)
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