Three Oarfish were found dead along the beaches of the Philippines, northern coast of Mindanao island, in the south of the archipelago. In Asia, especially in the east, folk tales about the Oarfish runs deep among countries. Oarfish is known as the Messengers from the Sea God’s Palace in Japanese folklore. Interestingly, it is believed that if Oarfish start to appear on the beaches or in the depthless water, a mega earthquake or tsunami is about to happen.
When the third Oarfish was found, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the country two days later. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area. In March 2010, Dozens of the deep-sea denizens were discovered by Japanese fishermen, around that time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile.
Oarfish is the world’s longest bony fish. Human encounters with live oarfish are rare, and distribution information about them is collated from records of oarfish caught or washed ashore. The giant sea creature is found in all temperate to tropical oceans around the world.
In February 1975, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Haicheng, a city in China. But one day earlier, city officials ordered an evacuation of 1 million people based on the reports of strange animal behavior.
Researcher Catherine Dukes told Live Science “This is not a way to predict earthquakes. It’s just a way to warn that the Earth is moving and something like an earthquake, or a landslide or something else might follow.”
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