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Dozens of oarfish were discovered by Japanese fishermen at the time of a powerful magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile, in 2010

'Fish of tremors' appears in Peru, arousing fear for earthquake

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It is the oarfish, also known as the "fish of tremors" for its supposed link to earthquakes, which is considered "a sign" of an impending natural disaster.

 

arfish fish found found on the Peruvian beach

On February 1, a four-meter-long oarfish appeared entangled in a fishing net in front of the port of Imizu, in the prefecture of the north coast of Toyama, Japan, and alerted many people to a possible earthquake.

     

Oarfish fish found in Toyama early February

With this, there were already three oarfish found in Toyama Bay this year, since two other smaller fish were found on January 19 in waters off Imizu and Namerikawa.

Detail of the head of the oar fish caught in Japan ►

But now the issue is moving to the coast of Peru, as the coastal city of Mancora is on earthquake alert after a fisherman captured an oarfish, which they say warns of an impending natural disaster.

The 'fish of tremors' was captured on the northwestern Peru beaches, a popular tourist destination that attracts surfers from around the world. According to legends that originated in Japan, an oarfish can be seen on the beaches shortly before an earthquake, tsunami or flood occurs.

The National Geographic website, citing The Japan Times, argues that a scientific basis for such claims could lie in the oarfish habitat. This creature lives in the depth of the sea, which would make it sensitive to the movements of tectonic plates.

On the other hand, the oarfish has a quiet behavior and is quite shy. It adapts very well to its environment, avoiding the polar seas.


It is called 'ryugu no tsukai', 'Oarfish' or Pez Remo (in Spanish), meaning "messenger of the palace of the dragon king". (Photo by 1850 Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

The legend originated in Japan in 2011, when several of these specimens were found dead just before the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, which claimed the lives of 20,000 people.

US military personnel holds a large specimen

These fish are approximately five meters long, and there is even its "giant" version, which measures up to 11 meters, becoming the longest bone fish in the world.

Related article:

-Giant deep-water fish found in Toyama prefecture

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