A giant oarfish washed ashore on the beach of Los Yuyales in Peru around 1:30pm on February 15, 2018, so just 24 hours before a very powerful earthquake of 7.2-magnitude hit Mexico on February 16, 2018. Finding a giant oarfish washed up on the beach is a rare occurrence, since the fish is a deepwater species that’s rarely seen at all. Now, some are claiming that oarfish washing ashore is a sign that an earthquake will soon follow. Coincidence or not?
#Video Mar de Tacna arroja a pez que de acuerdo con una leyenda predice terremotos.
La extraña criatura que es conocida como “Pez Remo”, mide más de 6 metros de largo. Su sola presencia ha generado temor en los moradores de la playa Los Yuyales, del Balneario Boca del Río. pic.twitter.com/DynfmOUXNw
— Diario de Morelos (@DiariodeMorelos) February 15, 2018
The villagers were afraid to approach the 5,50 meters (18 feet) deep seas creature as an animal of this type had never been seen before.
Now, some are claiming that oarfish washing ashore is a sign that an earthquake will soon follow. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area.
The oarfish is known in Japan as ryugu no tsukai or “messenger from the sea god’s palace.”. Dozens of the deep-sea denizens were discovered by Japanese fishermen around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in March 2010.
Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology explains deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.
And then 24 hours the M7.2 earthquake hit Mexico:
So was this oarfish a sign of the incoming M7.2 earthquake in Mexico?