A MONSTER of the deep has been found dead on the North East coast.
Three local men discovered what it believed to be the rare deep water Ribbonfish on the beach at Hauxley, near Amble in Northumberland, on Sunday.
As the men had no idea what it was, they sent a picture to Sam Harris, a sea fishing programme presenter for BBC Radio Newcastle.
He took some time to research the find and explained: "I remembered a story of a woman catching a huge Ribbonfish off the Cleveland coast in 2003, and this looked like the same creature.
"It is a very rare fish in UK waters – only three or four have been reported caught or washed up in the last 50 years – so I passed the image on to the team at OnlineFishing.tv to see if they could identify it for sure."
www.onlinefishing.tv is a dedicated online television channel that films new fishing programmes for anglers.
Its production team includes a number of experienced sea anglers and angling magazine writers.
Channel head Gareth Purnell said: "It does look like a Ribbonfish, also known as an Oarfish – Regalecus glesne – and is rarely seen around British coastlines.
"They can grow up to 10m or 11m long and weigh more than a quarter of a tonne, but are usually more at home in deep, sub-tropical oceans.
"Maybe warmer sea temperatures have pushed them into areas such as the North Sea?"
The Ribbonfish propels itself with a long undulating dorsal fin, and is the longest bony fish in the sea.
It is believed that this was feared by mariners for many centuries as a mythical sea serpent or monster.
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