The discovery of a giant oarfish in the waters of Santa Catalina Island’s Toyon Bay on Oct. 13, 2013, followed by another on Oct. 18 on the beach in Oceanside has led to plenty of speculation about what it all means.

While many are talking about the giant oarfish’s role in the ancient myth of the sea serpent, others think global warming might have something to do with the lengthy sea creatures ending up on California’s coastline.

For whatever reason, the giant oarfish has captured the attention and imagination of many. And it turns out that while oarfish sightings are indeed rare, they have been found in waters around the world, including those off Bermuda, Sweden and Japan.