(CNN) – Last week a large, multi-colored fish was washed up off the coast of Oregon, which fish officials called a rare event.
The pez opah Weighing 45 kg, also known as sunfish, it was found off the coast of Sunset off the coast of a town in the northwestern part of the state. The Coast Aquarium posted several pictures of the one-meter-long fish on a Facebook post saying it was “a rare fish from the Oregon coast.”
Coastal Fisheries Manager Keith Chandler told CNN that an Oba off the coast of Oregon was “rare to find.” He is “in very good condition,” he added.
“They are very interesting 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), little is known about species that live deep in the ocean. It is commonly found in temperate and tropical waters.
Oba is an unusual-looking fish, according to the NOAA, which has a rounded, flattened body that is silver-gray in color.
“Towards the stomach (of the fish), a rose with tones of silver and white dots turns red,” says the NOAA website. “Their fins and mouth are red, and their big eyes are adorned with gold.”
Chandler believes it was on the beach an hour before the fishery staff received a tip because of the conditions under which the fish was found.
“Unfortunately it seemed lifeless, but we came before the birds,” he said.
Oba was replaced in a larger refrigerator, Chandler said. The fishery plans to work with a local organization called the Columbia River Maritime Museum to separate the fish. Fisheries also said it would have the opportunity to be a part of a school group split.
Chandler said he plans to “learn as much as possible” from the erosion to learn more about the fishery.