Something to behold
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Sea Monsters?

Something to behold
SOMETHING TO BEHOLD: Schoolchildren line up to see remains of a giant squid found off Dana Point in 2000. The 20-foot creature was thought to have been attacked by a large shark or a sperm whale. (Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT)
The stuff of legends
THE STUFF OF LEGENDS: What many sailors in the 19th century or before considered sea serpents could well have been oarfish, as seen in this illustration. A 56-foot creature reportedly washed ashore in Scotland in 1808. ()
Stretching out
STRETCHING OUT: Students see how they measure up against an oarfish found in Catalina last week. Little is known about the creatures that live at 1,500 to 3,000 feet. (Judy Lemus)
It’s a long story
IT’S A LONG STORY: Greg Willis hangs onto an 18 1/2-foot oarfish, believed to weigh 500 pounds, as it is towed to his boat in the Sea of Cortez in 1996. (William Shactman / For The Times)