Rare Oarfish Spotted Alive And Prodded By An Oar Off The Coast Of Baja, Mexico
OARFISH MEXICO: RARE OARFISH STUNS TOURISTS IN MEXICO
"Baja, Mexico – Shedd Aquarium operates guided kayak tours of these pristine coastal water in this part of Mexico. On a regular guided kayak tour,
patrons were filming in the sea life and ended up capturing the rarely seen oarfish, reports Discovery News.
They get their name owing to the slender appearance and lengthy bodies. There exist four types of oar fish and the largest of them can reach 36 feet
They inhabit warm waters throughout the world, but live deep within the sea often times at depths of 3,000 feet. Whenever they are spotted, it is
often as a floating carcass or debris washed up to shore. However, these fortunate tourists got to both see and record not one but two oarfish.
However, some would disagree on the use of the term “fortunate” given that according to folklore, spotting an oarfish is an omen of an impending
earthquake. Some scientists admit there may just be something to the tale, but thus far there is no science to back up the claim.
As far as fish go, they are the world’s largest fish in terms of having a skeleton made of bones. Whales and sharks can exceed the length of the
giant oarfish, but their skeletons are made of cartilage. The oarfish subsist on a bottom feeder diet of shrimp, but they also eat small squid and
zooplankton. Their flesh is not very appealing though. It has a jelly-like texture which not many people fancy.
As for the earthquake omen, some people claim to have seen the oarfish before a major earthquake struck Chile in 2010 registering 8.8 on the Richter
scale. There was talk of an oarfish sighting just prior to the recent Los Angeles quake. It may be that the fish pick up on seismic activity at the
depths they inhabit.
Massive Oarfish Spotted In Califonia
Last last year, Southern California was the location of yet, another rare occurrence this week. This time is strangely similar to the first. Just like
the first occurrence a rare, serpent like fish has been found on the coast. Known as an oarfish, the creature is said to be the likely cause for many
of the historic sea creature legends.An instructor from a nearby marine institute was snorkeling when she found the fish, the U-T San Diego Reports.
She then enlisted about a dozen or so onlookers to help drag the 18 foot oarfish up onto the shore where the police were called.
Said to grow to reach lengths of 50 feet, the oarfish is noted as terrible swimmer. Scientists say it is likely that the fish died and was carried by
the current, closer to the coastline where it was then spotted.
Because oarfish dive to depths of 3,000 feet or more, it is rare to see them this close to the shoreline. This is the second time in less than a week
where the fish has been dragged on shore. The cause is not yet known, but marine biologist have taken tissue samples in hopes of finding the
Rare oarfish sighting
Oarfish deaths in California revive earthquake myths
"Some Californians have been spooked by the rare appearance of oarfish washing up on the state's beaches in the past week.
The giant snake-like fish are linked to a number of myths, including one from Japan that says when it comes ashore, an earthquake will follow.
Illustration of an oarfish.
PHOTO: An illustration of an oarfish, which can grow up to 17 metres in length. (Catalina Island Marine Institute)
In the land of the San Andreas Fault, people perhaps listen more carefully to harbingers of doom.
The internet has been buzzing on the subject since not one, but two dead oarfish washed up on the southern California coast in less than a week.
But scientists are doubtful of any link to increased tectonic activity, and have even tested the fish for radiation after leaks at Japan's Fukushima
Oarfish have a crest running the length of their bodies and a skeleton of bone rather than cartilage common to fish species like sharks.
They can grow up to a length of 17 metres.
Because of their strange appearance, they are believed to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents.
It took a group of 15 adults to pull one fish's massive carcass up the beach."
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