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Japanese legend says that oarfish appear at the surface and on beaches in anticipation of earthquakes, which may follow within weeks or months of their appearance. Although there does not appear any sound scientific basis for this legend, other than the natural human proclivity to perceive patterns, even where none exist, some still speculate on the possibility.
One leading hypothesis is that the deep sea fish, which can descend as far as 3,300 feet below the surface, are very sensitive to seismic disturbances. These disturbances, which could be the early signs of a pending earthquake, could disorient the fish, causing them to come to the surface where they are vulnerable to currents and waves. Oarfish are notoriously weak swimmers.
A five month precursor? That sort of leaves it open to wishful thinking, doesn't it?
Apparently the hype is caused because these fish rarely leave the deep water. Back in Oct of 2013 two oarfish beached themselves in Southern California, then last month we get earthquakes in LA.
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Since when is a fish not food?
I bet if you scale that guy, and put him in the oven with some herbs and lemon juice he might be pretty tasty.