Second Deep Sea Oarfish Found in Southern California Stumping Scientists... Japanese Folklore Suggests Prelude to Major Earthquake...
A second oarfish washed up in southern California in less than two weeks. It was found in Oceanside and took more than 15 people to haul the fish before it was taken by NOAA. Scientists are stumped as to why two of these fish were found in California as they live so deep in the ocean and don’t surface in shallow waters.
According to traditional Japanese lore, the Daily Telegraph wrote in 2010, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending quake.
Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on Japanese beaches, suggesting the fish could possibly have known that the temblor was coming, Mark Benfield, a researcher at Louisiana State University who's remotely videotaped the mysterious creature, told Live Scienceearlier this year. Or of course, as he added, it could just be a coincidence.
However, Japanese folkore has long connected the two. "In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish warned of coming earthquakes, particularly catfish," Hiroshi Tajihi, deputy director of the Kobe Earthquake Centre, told the Daily Telegraph. He dismissed the connection as "older superstitions," saying, "there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake."