What looks like a sea serpent, is twenty feet long and is known to swim off the coast of Wicklow?

And I forgot to mention is has a huge red crest.

Well, I don’t want to distract anyone who’s strudying for their exams, but just in case that study takes place near the seashore, or with a good vantage point across the sea, you might spot one of these rare creatures. And it’s a predator too, specialising in herring and other small shoal fish. So what is this monster? It’s an Oarfish (Regalecus glesne), and it is every bit the sea serpent, or water dragon.

The Oarfish, a huge mysterious sea creature known to inhabit the seas all around Ireland, but very rarely seen despite its immense size and similarity to a sea serpent. In fact, nobody knows for sure how big they can get. But they are harmless to man, so there's no need to panic.
The Oarfish, a huge mysterious sea creature known to inhabit the seas all around Ireland, but very rarely seen despite its immense size and similarity to a sea serpent. In fact, nobody knows for sure how big they can get. But they are harmless to man, so there’s no need to panic.

Oarfish are seen by trawler crews at this time of the year, and as far north as Norway where they pursue the herring shoals. So keep your binoculars and cameras handy. A truly amazing creature you might see while the sea is calm and clear. The nearest thing to a dragon that is known to science. I suspect it may even be the inspiration for the Chinese dragon.

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