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Fish #91 Giant Oarfish Regalecus glesne ~ Lynn Bates
Acrylic on wooden tongue and groove board 58 x 170 cm
The Oarfish is an oddity
It lives its life in deeper sea
Often swimming vertically
Its dorsal fin moves rhythmically
Propelling it to where there'll be
Krill in great capacity.
The Oarfish has a silvery gleam
With darker markings in between
Its body's very long and lean
And from its head red pendants stream
It's like a creature from a dream
With features that are quite extreme.
Fishermen long gone before
When they found Oarfish on the shore
Told tales that then became folklore
Of serpents, monsters, snakes and more
Now that we know we can ignore
All tales of serpents - we restore
The Giant Oarfish evermore!
Fish #91 Giant Oarfish Regalecus glesne ~ Jane Haigh
Canvas board 30 x 10 cm
The Giant Oarfish grows up to around 9 metres in length and can weigh up to 300 kg. It is long and ribbon-shaped with a red dorsal fin which lengthens on top of its head. It dwells in deep water in the tropics and sub tropics and is rarely seen on the surface, so because of this it is reputed to be a sea serpent when sighted.
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