Animals behaving unusually days before a calamity is a observable phenomenon in nature. Some cultures link appearances of animals to storms, earthquakes, or volcanic eruptions. One of them is the Oarfish, whose carcass was found days before the recent earthquake in Suriago, Philippines.
Oarfish (or ribbon fish) are large deep-living marine species of fish which can grow up to 20 feet. It is also called “earthquake fish” because when they are washed away on the shore, a major disaster will happen to that place soon.
An Oarfish caught days before the earthquake in Surigao got viral attention because it accurately “predicted” the calamity. Before the earthquake last February 10, 2017, an oarfish was stranded dead on the shore of General Santos City. The video below was uploaded last January 13, 2017 — 28 days before the major earthquake.
Another sighting was found after the earthquake in Surigao it is found in Agusan de Norte, a province on the same island, Mindanao.
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According to Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a Japanese seismologist, oarfish live under the deep water. They are very sensitive creatures. They only go to the surface when they are ill or dying. When they feel something bad will be happening, they move to a safer place. However, oarfish dies when they migrate on shallow waters because the temperature is higher compared to their natural habitat.
With the appearance of the oarfish, people are worried because another earthquake might happen soon. Seeing the fish ashore is some kind of “prophecy” for them.
The scientific community is still debating until now whether there is a direct connection between oarfish and earthquake. Some even try to debunk the “myth”.
Oarfish associated to earthquakes come into popularity after sightings were believed to have “predicted” the earhquakes in Japan and California.