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Dead Oarfish Found In Surigao City

On Tuesday (May 03, 2017), another dead oarfish was found along the coastal areas of Surigao City, which sparks rumors of a possible earthquake.

Another dead oarfish was found by the residents along the shore of Magallanes Street in Surigao City. The oarfish was estimated measuring 8-feet in length and 1-foot wide, according to the Agriculturist Mayette Abkilan.

The fishermen in the area told Abkilan that the oarfish was still alive when it was found in the sea. The agriculturist said that the residents of Surigao City have already buried the oarfish.

Dead Oarfish

Oarfish is one of the deep-sea creatures that can predict an impending calamity such as an earthquake. The appearance of oarfish in the shallow waters were linked to the consecutive earthquakes felt in the Philippines for the previous months.

Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a Japanese seismologist explained that deep-sea creatures are more sensitive to any irregular movements under the sea ground. Their appearance on the shallow water indicates that something unusual was happening in the deep.

It is theoretically possible that this deep-sea creature could predict earthquakes due to their supernatural abilities and sensitivity, according to Rachel Grant, a lecturer in animal biology.

Dead Oarfish

“It’s theoretically possible because when an earthquake occurs there can be a build-up of pressure in the rocks which can lead to electrostatic charges that cause electrically charged ions to be released into the water,” said by Grant quoted by ABS-CBN.

Hiroshi Tajihi of the Kobe Earthquake Centre was opposing that theory because not all the appearance of dead deep-sea creatures in shallow waters are followed by earthquakes.

“These are just old superstitions and there is no scientific relationship between these sightings and an earthquake,” said by Tajihi.

What can you say about this oarfish found dead in Surigao City? Is it related to the Big One earthquake? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions for this article.

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