A group of fishermen who were captured last Monday Paddlefish. It had large proportions and was found in the port city of Arica Chili. At this time, there aren’t many details about how he got to the area; However, Chilean media have indicated that the specimen was over six meters long.
The appearance of the gigantic fish created surprise due to the beliefs associated with the presence of this species near the surface: it foretells natural disasters, reported the T13 portal.
According to a report National GeographicThis myth arose Japan. In this sense, the faith affirms that when this catch is abundant, there will be Natural disasters In that area.
What is an Orfish?
Also known as Saber fishOarfish are recognized by the scientific community as the most important of the herring, A species that lives in very deep water.
Despite its importance at the taxonomic level, it has been studied very little because it is difficult to find. Its main characteristic is that it is ribbon-like in shape and has small fins. It also weighs about 200 kg.
On the other hand, they feed on small fish and squid. They rise to the surface when they suffer from some disease or near death. They may also oviposit (release or lay their eggs).
How did the myth originate?
EarthquakesTsunamis, typhoons and other natural disasters have been attributed to these models in Japanese culture for many years, as they were believed to have a close connection with the deities of the seas, for which they are called Ryuku no Sukai. Japanese”The sea god is the palace emissary”.
To this day it is believed that if large numbers of finfish approach the coast, they will bring about a great earthquake. However, there is no empirical evidence of a link between natural disasters and the emergence of this species.
One of the hypotheses of the Japanese seismologist Kiyoshi WatatsumiWho argues that “deep-sea fish – like fish – live near the ocean floor and are more sensitive to active fault movements compared to those near the ocean surface.”
Because of this, these fish are likely to surface when they detect strange movements on the seabed.
Is there empirical evidence?
Contrary to popular belief, One study denies that there is a connection between the two conditions. A group of Japanese researchers, according to Forbes, examined newspaper reports, fisheries records and academic papers dating back to 1928 and found no connection between polar fish sightings and large tellurium movements.
“It is difficult to confirm the connection between the two events,” the seismologist published Yoshiaki Orihara and coworkers in a recent article in the Newsletter of the Seismological Society of America.
In their investigation, Orihara and his team reported 336 deep-sea fish sightings in Japan between November 1928 and March 2011, but none of those discoveries occurred within 30 days of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater.
The longest bony fish in the world
Also known as Orfish Regalecus Klesne, by its scientific name, is considered to be the longest bony fish in the world, as it can reach 17 meters in length, although it usually measures three meters. The maximum recorded weight of a giant plover is 600 pounds.
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