With not just one, but two giant oarfish washing up on Southern California beaches lately, it's got some Californians worried. An old Japanese myth is that oarfish are harbingers of earthquakes. Some believe that the giant fish, which usually stay at least 3000 feet underwater, beach themselves when a large quake is immenent.
There were reports of several oarfish washing up before major quakes in Chile in 2010 and Japan in 2011. (The one in the picture is from near San Diego in 1996.)
Scientists, both biologists and geologists say there is no known connection between the fish and earthquakes. What do you think? Could there be something to this, or does it just smell fishy?
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