The oarfish is the largest living bony fish, reaching up to 35 feet in length.
The first sighting of the oarfish was an 18-footer that surprised a diver off Catalina Island.
In reality, since strandings of oarfish are rare, it will be difficult—or impossible—to determine the cause.
Beaching of the oarfish is a very rare occurrence—the last time it happened was 2010—so two in one week is certainly an oddity.
According to Japanese mythology, the oarfish is a messenger from the dragon god of the sea.