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Lost, Exotic Sea Creature Washes Ashore In Malibu

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The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum took possession this week of a rare, ribbon-like, serpentine fish typically found in deep, tropical waters, that floundered near the shore in Malibu and died.

The first person on the scene to identify the 12-foot-long oarfish was an 8-year-old boy who studied the bony, silvery-scaled sea creature in school.

"The fact that it was close to shore at all is unusual," said Cynthia Reyes, director of the California Wildlife Center, reports the LA Times.