The following article appeared in the Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg on July 26th 1910. It probably refers to the Oar Fish, but I`m not absolutely certain.
A STRANGE FISH
A strange fish was washed up on the beach in Struis Bay during the week says the Cape Times. It measured 10 feet 4 inches From nose to tip of tail, and 12 inches broad. It somewhat resembled the sole, being perfectly flat, and tapered off to three inches at the tail. It had a dorsal fin running from back of the head right to tip of tail and two small fins behind the gills. It also had four streamers on the top, and three or four under the head. These varied from 3 ft four inches to 3 ½ feet and were composed of five/fine (?) thin bones running parallel , and held together and covered by a thin red skin, which looked exactly like a piece of thin red ribbon rooted to the head. It had no scales, and was covered by dark brown spots, the size of a sixpence. The oldest fishermen hear has never seen such a peculiar specimen. It would be interesting to have enlightenment, writes a correspondent. (1)
1. Rand Daily Mail July 26th 1910