Mysterious deep sea Lancetfish washes ashore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth, New Zealand

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An extremely rare deep sea Lancetfish was found at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth, New Zealand on November 19, 2015.

These fish live normally at around 1000 metres deep and it is very unusual to find them in this shallow. So what did happen?

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Lancetfish can grow up to 2m. The New Plymouth one was 1.5m long. Photo: Stuff.co.nz

This giant of the deep, a 1.5m lancetfish was found agonishing on the beach in New Plymouth.

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This extremely rare fish lives at 1000 meters in the deep ocean. So what did happen? Photo: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

Is it El Nino bringing in some unusual weather patterns?

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OMG look at these teeth. You understand now why this fish is also called the cannibal fish. Photo: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

A lot of deep sea fish like bluefin tuna start to move in a bit closer to the shore.

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El Nino? Earthquake? Nobody knows the lancetfish has washed ashore. Photo: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

Or could it be an earthquake that disturbed its deep sea habitat?

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Hpefully scientists will discover why this deep sea fish died. Photo: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

Although none have been reported very close to the beaching, fish swim very fast and New Zealand is well-known for its seismic activity.

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A monster from the deep ocean. Photo: CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ

Do you know why this deep sea lancetfish died in New Plymouth, New Zealand?

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