Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

According to legend, oarfish are associated with earthquakes.

An amazing new video shows two oarfish swimming just offshore in Mexico to the delight of ecotourists on a kayaking tour. The video, taken last March, shows the pair of fish possibly about to beach themselves. Oarfish are rarely sighted and legend associates their apparition near the surface with earthquake prediction.

Oarfish are legendary harbingers of earthquakes.

Oarfish are legendary harbingers of earthquakes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: oarfish, earthquakes, prediction, mexico, tourists, sea of cortez, film, live


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ecotourists kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, have captured an incredibly rare scene on video which was uploaded to YouTube yesterday. The tourists caught a pair of 15 foot-long oarfish swimming at the shore off Isla San Francisco in Baja California Sur in Mexico.

Light a candle to pray for safety and peace.

The video, which was uploaded by the Shedd Aquarium, in Chicago, was posted to the internet yesterday and already rumors abound of the oarfish's reason for swimming so close to shore. According to Japanese folklore, oarfish are sighted at the surface or beach themselves in advance of an earthquake. Some speculate that the deep-sea fish, which can inhabit depths of up to 3,000 feet, are highly sensitive to tectonic movements within the earth's crust.

Oarfish swim vertically in deep waters as they feed.

Oarfish swim vertically in deep waters as they feed.

In the video, delighted kayakers observe the oarfish approach the beach, only to turn away at the last moment. It is unclear if the oarfish were trying to beach themselves, or if they were disoriented. Oarfish normally inhabit deep waters where they feed on zooplankton and small crustaceans. The usually swim vertically, as opposed to horizontally, and they are notoriously bad swimmers. They can grow over 50 feet in length.

An oarfish washed ashore in Malibu.

An oarfish washed ashore in Malibu.


Their long serpentine bodies may be the reason behind legends of sea serpents.

Japanese folklore attests that oarfish beach themselves in the months before large earthquakes occur. In October 2013, two oarfish were found beached in southern California. Now, two living specimens have been filmed in Baja.

Perhaps coincidentally, two earthquakes recently struck the Los Angeles area in California, relatively near where the beachings occurred in October. Those quakes were the first noteworthy events since 2005, ending a nine-year long "earthquake drought" in Los Angeles.

Do the oarfish in Baja portend something similar?

Scientists say that's very unlikely and point to other oarfish beachings. Although oarfish are rarely sighted, they do occasionally show up at the surface, usually battered by currents or crippled with injury or illness. Since they are weak swimmers, the outlook is grim for oarfish that end up in these predicaments.

Students on Catalina island found this oarfish in October, 2013.

Students on Catalina island found this oarfish in October, 2013.


Moreover, no scientific correlation has been found between sightings and earthquakes -just anecdotal. However, anecdotes sometimes have basis in fact, so until science catches up to the story we will be left to wonder -and wait.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Green

TIME TO ACT: Vatican's Secretary of State says world leaders must heed Pope's encyclical Watch

Image of Cardinal Parolin spoke on the importance of

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis' recent environmental encyclical will have a strong impact on the United Nations' three major gatherings this year, and will inspire global powers not only to ... continue reading


DWARF Cows: Are they the answer to farmers' climate change problems? Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Summer months bring an intense heat to farmlands and drought stricken parts of the world. The heat from the sun can damage not only crops that need regular water supply, but will also cause sickness, dehydration and death to farm animals. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES ... continue reading


San Francisco hit with a stinkier side of the California drought as sewer pipes deteriorate Watch

Image of [Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo]

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The severe drought in California has recently alarmed residents of San Francisco, as its century-old sewer system takes a serious hit. Contrary to the popular belief that the drought might give the sewers a break, as it is expected to facilitate less water, it ... continue reading


Mysterious fireball of space junk flies over the South Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mysterious object lit up in the sky on June 29 in the southeast. The source has since been confirmed as a space junk passing by and reentering our atmosphere. Sightings of the "fireball" were taken to social media, where people tried to guess whether it was a ... continue reading


Californians struggle to find 'normal life' without water Watch

Image of The lack of a sufficient water source in parts of California damages agricultural farmlands

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A normal life remains to be far-fetched for residents in the town of Monson, CA, located 200 miles from the northern part of Los Angeles. Residents in the area have already spent four gruesome months without running water in their homes. The four years of drought ... continue reading


NEW FURRY CRITTER: Hairy-chested crab found trolling at over 7000 feet deep in Antarctic hydrothermal vents identified Watch

Image of The Kiwa tyleri must spend its days in observance of these delicate laws of nature. If they get too close to the vent they will be scalded, but if they stray too far they freeze.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Kiwa tyleri is a furry breed of crab that is only found in the hydrothermal vents in Antarctica. The species can only thrive in water that is between 945 and 104 degrees in Antarctica - making it rare indeed. Growing to only two inches in length, the Kiwa ... continue reading


What ALL Americans need to know about the California drought Watch

Image of California grows and exports a majority of the fruits and nuts eaten by the rest of the country, so water shortages there affect food supply everywhere.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The water shortage in California, now dragging into its fourth year is being categorized as "extreme to exceptional drought." Everyone, including all western U.S. states is now expected to conserve - and not just in California. Below are the facts that everyone in the ... continue reading


Scientists discover amazing corals that adapt to climate change Watch

Image of The Coral Reef Southern Red Sea near Safaga Egypt.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists have cross-bred corals coming from different latitude with variety of temperatures underwater and found that there are some corals that adapt better in climate change than others. With the rapid decline of coral reefs, experts are hoping that this new ... continue reading


Life on Mars: Are humans one step closer to living on Mars? Watch

Image of Is this the future home for humans?

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With the pressing idea that humans have to find suitable life outside Earth in mind, many projects and experiments are being conducted to find a livable environment on Mars. The planet is not yet suitable to live on but a new project suggests that they may have the ... continue reading


Scientists literally could not make heads or tails of bizarre organism of Cambrian age Watch

Image of Researchers have since learned after using sophisticated imaging techniques that at the end the Hallucigenia's head long and slender neck resembling a hose-like tube.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A spiny little organism rightfully called the Hallucigenia sparsa - so hallucinogenic was it in appearance, had scientists scratching their heads, literally unable to make heads or tails of it. Living in the Cambrian age of 508 million years ago, the ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 28:10-22
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:18-26
18 While he was speaking to them, suddenly one of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 6th, 2015 Image

St. Maria Goretti
July 6: Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter