Oarfish (Regalecus glesne),”The king of herrings”, is listed as the longest bony fish alive, at up to 11 metres (36 ft) in length, and belongs to the family Regalecidae. The name oarfish is presumably in reference to their highly compressed and elongated bodies. Their occasional beachings after storms, or their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying is the probable source of many sea serpent tales.

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