A ‘fish from the end of the world’ has been found in the Bay of Pichilingue, Mexico, leaving the local population alarmed
Also known as ‘earthquake fish’, the oar fish is popularly known to appear days before an earthquake. The species inhabits abyssal regions of the ocean and is believed to be more sensitive to the movements of tectonic plates, which cause earthquakes.
However, according to the British tabloid Daily Star, experts say there is no correlation between the rare sightings of the species and natural disasters. Japanese researchers published a study in 2019, after analyzing hundreds of sightings since 1900, and could not draw any such parallels.
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Even so, the ‘Mexican rowing’ caused something to talk about! It was discovered by engineer Fernando Cavalin, who was accompanied by his friend David de Zabedrosky.
Cavalin told local media the 4m-long animal was already ‘dead and in an early state of decomposition’ when they found it.
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The duo shared a record with the big fish on Twitter, where internet users paid no attention to science and reinforced the legend surrounding the animal: ‘These fish only come to the surface when something very bad is about to happen’, pointed out an internet user. ‘It’s bad luck for those who find them’, concluded another
Remember previous appearances of the ‘end of the world fish’ in the following images!
It has many names — regaleco, paddlefish, or herring king — and is very rare to be found on beaches or even fished. All because it lives in very deep waters, something from 600 to 1,000 meters deep. And it is known as ‘fish of the end of the world’, for saying that it has the ability to predict major natural disasters, especially earthquakes. Recently, two of them appeared in Peru and several of them were seen in shallow waters in Japan, which according to experts and local rumors, is a bad omen.
The oarfish is also nicknamed the ‘trembling fish’, as its sighting has a supposed connection with earthquakes.
It is not difficult to understand: they live in very deep waters and earthquakes happen (in short) due to the movements of tectonic plates and these movements displace large amounts of water in the ocean, which leads them to flee
So seeing more than one of them in a short period of time near the surface or even on the beaches is a very bad sign.
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To make matters worse, the aspect of the oarfish is frightening, with its elongated shape and more than 10 meters
It was considered a sea monster for a long time, and it was only in 2001 that it was filmed in the water for the first time.
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The story of their connection with earthquakes began in Japan in 2011
At the time, an earthquake caused a nuclear disaster in Fukushima and a subsequent tsunami killed 20,000 people.
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Before the earthquake, at least 20 oarfish were seen stranded on Japanese beaches.
Before Japan, several fishermen saw several oarfish near the coast of Chile, days before an 8.8 earthquake hit the country
Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, an expert in ecology and seismology, told the Japan Times that ‘fish that live near the bottom of the sea are very sensitive to the movements of active faults’
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The LiveScience website points out that it’s not just deep-sea fish that seem to be able to detect earthquakes
For example, in February 1975, authorities ordered the evacuation of the Chinese city of Haicheng, then home to over 1 million people. The reason involved a mass migration of animals from the site, including snakes that were hibernating and had come out of hiding months earlier. A day later, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the city and thousands of lives were saved, according to official studies.
In the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, in Washington, several animals (mainly snakes, gorillas and flamingos) screamed as if in distress and took shelter in the treetops. Hours later, a 5.8 earthquake hit the city, on August 23, 2010
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