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The Oarfish! Mysterious denizen of deep waters, the original sea serpent. The Wikipedia definition is worth quoting: “Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne), is the longest bony fish alive, growing to up to 11 m (36 ft) in length.”

The world is full of strange things, and as we change it, they too must change or die. It’s uplifting to think that the Oarfish may just blithely drift on through whatever is about to happen. I certainly hope so.

This is made from three individual Shina plywood blocks, hand carved and hand-printed on the Chandler and Price letterpress at Flight 64 studio in Portland.

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