This week (Tuesday 5th July) an oarfish was reported having washed up at Hartenbos beach near Mossel Bay. The 1.3 m fish was seen alive before stranding on the beach but died shortly after landing.
In July 2011 this blog reported on the East London Museum oarfish which is on display:-
Some strange creatures arrive as donations to the East London Museum and a show stopper is this oarfish (illustrated below) which was received by colleague Greg Brett.
Greatly elongated and rarely seen, the specimen below washed out at Gonubie (north of East London, SA – donated by P. Botha, May 2008). Most of what has been scientifically learned about the species is from specimens that have washed ashore or from those accidently caught by fishermen at night. They are known to be attracted to the lights of the fishing boats.