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“Earthquake fish” found in Libagon

February 18 - 24, 2017

LIBAGON - Days after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted Surigao province, some Libagon townfolks are now fearful after not just one, but two oarfish, also known as “earthquake fish” or “doomsday fish” were found beached on the shores of the town recently.

The incident had the town residents and social media a buzz, as the incident they claimed might be a sign of a nearing natural catastrophe.

According to a Facebook post by Donna Trigo, whose post went viral on the internet, the two oarfish were found in the shores of Kawayan, Libagon last February 20, around 7 o’clock in the evening. Trigo said that the sea creatures were still alive when found by seaside residents, but both died soon after.

It can be recalled that last January an oarfish was also found along the shore of the poblacion of Bontoc town.

The sightings have sparked heated discussions on social media, whether the sea creatures can predict earthquake as claimed by ancient folklore.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, oarfish, whose natural habitat is underground waters, are the longest bony fish in the sea, growing to 50 feet or more in length. NOAA said that most of them come to the surface when disturbed, injured or dying.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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