The 45-kilogram oba fish – also known as sunfish – was found on Sunset Beach, on the beach, in a town in the northwest of the state. The fish is “rare on the Oregon coast,” local fisheries said in a Facebook post, along with several pictures of the three-foot-long fish.
Keith Chandler, general manager of coastal fisheries, told CNN that it was unusual to find an oba off the coast of Oregon and that the fish were “in such great shape.”
“They’re really cool fish, and we don’t usually find them on shore,” Chandler said. “It was very exciting for the locals.”
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), these creatures live deep in the ocean. The species is commonly found in temperate and tropical waters.
The fish has an unusual appearance, according to NOAA, with a silvery-gray rounded, flattened body. The NOAA website states: “Towards the abdomen (of the fish), the shadows are a pinkish-red to silver,” says the NOAA website. “Its fins and mouth are red, and its big eyes are adorned with gold.”
Chandler believes it was only on the beach for less than an hour when the fishery staff received a notice about it due to the condition of the fish. “Unfortunately, it was not shown alive, but we got there before the birds,” he said.
Oba is stored in a large freezer, Chandler said. The fishery plans to work with a local organization called the Columbia River Maritime Museum to separate the fish. Fisheries added that a “lucky” school board would be part of the dismantling.
Chandler said he plans to “learn as much as possible” from the erosion to learn more about the fishery.