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Oarfish are of interest to scientists because they live in a largely unknown ecosystem of the oceanic mesopelagic zone, the part of the ocean that is about 660 to 3,280 feet (200 to 1,000 meters) below the surface.
This oarfish measured about 13.5 feet (4.1 meters) long, said Catalano, a conservation coordinator who said she believes the fish had washed ashore only minutes before the discovery. The serpent-like creatures can grow to be more than 20 feet (6 meters) long, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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 Science earlier this year. Or of course, as he added, it could just be a coincidence.
However, Japanese folklore 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."
originally posted by: Char-Lee
a reply to: lostbook
Many weird things happening along Ca for years now. At the moment there is also the mystery of the tar.
Unidentified tar-like substance washes up on southern California beach
The Los Angeles Fire Department said that lifeguards in Manhattan Beach noticed the globs of the substance, which first made landfall at 10 a.m. local time and continued for approximately two hours. The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies collected samples of the material and were still trying to identify the substance and its source.
The mystery of the whales in May
For the second time in three weeks, a dead whale has washed up on a Pacifica beach, and watchers of deceased whales returned to nearly the same spot to ask the same questions.
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