Skip to comments.‘Sea Serpents’ Or Harbingers? Oarfish Washed Up Year Before Japan Quake
Posted on 10/21/2013 10:43:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
CATALINA ISLAND (CBSLA.com) Could the appearance of rare sea serpents washing ashore beaches in Southern California portend disaster?
The question comes following the discovery of the carcass of a rare 18-foot-long oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Oct. 13, followed by another snakelike 14-foot-long oarfish found on Oct. 18 in Oceanside.
Fishermen in Japan reported a sharp uptick in oarfish sightings in March 2010 following the massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile that same month, which marked almost exactly one year before the country was devastated by its own magnitude-8.9 quake in northeast Japan.
Oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet in length, are considered the longest bony fish in the world. They typically dive more than 3,000 feet deep, which makes sightings rare and has fueled various serpent legends throughout history.
According to traditional Japanese lore, oarfish rise to the waters surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake, a notion that some scientists have speculated could be supported by the bottom-dwelling fish being more sensitive to seismic shifts.
Known as the Messenger from the Sea Gods Palace, over a dozen ryugu no tsukai, or slender oarfish, either washed ashore or were caught in fishing nets in the Ishikawa, Toyama, Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures near the quakes epicenter months before the 2011 quake hit, according to several reports.
Scientists, however, say there is no data to support an actual link between the two phenomena.
Its probably just a coincidence, said Rick Feeney, who has been studying fish for almost 35 years for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
According to Feeney, four sightings have been reported since 2010 from the Central Coast southward, including in Malibu in 2010 and Lompoc in 2011.
We think that they come inshore to die actually because theyre in distress for some reason, but we dont know what the reason is, said Feeney, adding that the fish could have been starving or disoriented.
But the fish remain somewhat of a mystery to researchers because there have been few Oarfish caught over the years, he said.
A record number of sea lion sightings were reported along Southland beaches earlier this year, including one declared unusual mortality event in April that saw hundreds of ailing sea lion pups washed ashore.
Its probably just a coincidence,
Just watched “Pacific Rim”... maybe the breach is opening!
*Runs to garage to start building giant robot*
I’m happy you enjoyed Pacific Rim ;)
I think we’re about to be smited:
That would suddenly make everything else in the news seem inconsequential.
Dang. Gonna have to watch it!
Cool. Interesting article. We shall see . . .
Isn’t there a huge radiation leak from Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor flowing into the pacific? That could explain the sick sea life.
All the dead fish I’ve ever seen were floating, why would an oar fish be any different? They don’t live forever......
Understatement of the day, so far.
WE ALL GONNA DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, I just couldn’t resist putting that one in.
I’m betting Seattle gets the quake.
The one they are really watching out for is just prior to a major earthquake, the air far above the area becomes very ionized.
“The theory, which in science circles is called “Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling mechanism,” goes like this: Right before an earthquake, the stressed fault releases more gases, especially the colorless, odorless radon gas.
“Once in the upper-atmosphere ionosphere, the radon gas strips air molecules of their electrons, splitting them into negatively charged particles (the free electrons) and positively charged particles. These charged particles, called ions, attract condensed water in a process that releases heat. And scientists can detect this heat in the form of infrared radiation.”
Could the appearance of rare sea serpents washing ashore beaches in Southern California portend disaster? The question comes following the discovery of the carcass of a rare 18-foot-long oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Oct. 13, followed by another snakelike 14-foot-long oarfish found on Oct. 18 in Oceanside. Fishermen in Japan reported a sharp uptick in oarfish sightings in March 2010 following the massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile that same month, which marked almost exactly one year before the country was devastated by its own magnitude-8.9 quake... Scientists, however, say there is no data to support an actual link between the two phenomena."Whereas it's true that we can't make meaningful predictions about when quakes or volcanic eruptions will strike, there are literally no studies linking animal behavior to impending natural phenomena -- and we aim to keep it that way!"
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