20 Feb Oarfish Found on the Shore of Barangay Gusa, Sparks Earthquake Superstition
About 15-feet long, an oarfish which is a deep-sea fish was found on the shore of Barangay Gusa here in Cagayan de Oro last February 18, 2017, Saturday afternoon. According to a resident of the area, the oarfish was found alive but later then died.
Meanwhile, another oarfish was also seen along the coast of Barangay Rojales, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.
Based on records, Misamis Oriental has 5 fault lines which are the following:
- Mindanao Central Fault Line
- Cabanglasan Fault Line
- Tagoloan Fault Line
- Magsaysay Fault Line
- Lanao Fault Line
It is believed that deep-sea fish have the ability to sense tremors happening on the Earth’s crust. Thus, finding them on the surface of the water may be a sign of some faults moving underwater.
It can be recalled that days before the magnitude 6.7 quake which happened in Surigao City, an oarfish was caught off the shore of Agusan del Norte.
However, this is still not considered as an irrefutable scientific fact as not all beachings or strandings of such deep-sea creatures being found on the surface or on the shores are followed by earthquakes. More studies are needed to be done to confirm this.
Source: ABS-CBN News