Oarfish are huge, and according to Japanese folklore harbingers of earthquakes

Look at that thing, gigantic.

From Motherboard:

“The Oarfish is traditionally known as a messenger fish from the sea gods, and it’s tidings are usually grim. The fish can grow up to five metres in length and usually found at depths of 1, 000 ft. Long and slender with a dorsal fin that runs the length of it’s body, the fish resembles a kind of steam-rolled snake.

According to folklore, the fish will come ashore and beach itself to warn of an impending earthquake and there are scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may very well be susceptible to movements in seismic fault lines and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake – but experts here are placing more faith in their constant high-tech monitoring of the tectonic plates beneath the surface.”

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9 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. ashley

    holy mother, I am just scared of water.. this is, crazy..

  2. Анау Мунау

    ~ Хорошая рыбка ! Как раз на ТРОИХ и под водочку …

  3. renequin

    aun no confiamos en la naturaleza… este tipo de comportamientos llevan millones de años desarrollandose y nuestra tecnologia solo va unas decadas funcionando

  4. THE BOSS OF OARFISH

  5. Say whaat?!

  6. Alex

    These facts are fairly wrong…oarfish have been found to be 54 feet ( about 16.5 meters). They are not bottom- dwelling fish( benthic). In fact, they migrate vertically, down to about 5000 meters deep… in all pelagic regions, making them not bottom dwellers…it is believed that the oarfish only come to shore when they are sick to die or to feed on the zooplankton and other critters..

    These facts are fairly wrong…oarfish have been found to be 54 feet ( about 16.5 meters). They are not bottom- dwelling fish( benthic). In fact, they migrate vertically, down to about 5000 meters deep… in all pelagic regions, making them not bottom dwellers…it is believed that the oarfish only come to shore when they are sick to die or to feed on the zooplankton and other goodies!

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