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Harbingers Of Disaster? Rare ‘Sea Serpents’ Are Washing Ashore Southern California Beaches

CBS Los Angeles – “Could the appearance of rare ‘sea serpents’ washing ashore beaches in Southern California portend disaster?

The question comes following the discovery of the carcass of a rare 18-foot-long oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Oct. 13, followed by another snakelike 14-foot-long oarfish found on Oct. 18 in Oceanside.

Fishermen in Japan reported a sharp uptick in oarfish sightings in March 2010 following the massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile that same month, which marked almost exactly one year before the country was devastated by its own magnitude-8.9 quake in northeast Japan.

Oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet in length, are considered the longest bony fish in the world. They typically dive more than 3,000 feet deep, which makes sightings rare and has fueled various serpent legends throughout history.

According to traditional Japanese lore, oarfish rise to the water’s surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake, a notion that some scientists have speculated could be supported by the bottom-dwelling fish being more sensitive to seismic shifts.

Known as the ‘Messenger from the Sea God’s Palace,’ over a dozen ‘ryugu no tsukai,’ or slender oarfish, either washed ashore or were caught in fishing nets in the Ishikawa, Toyama, Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures near the quake’s epicenter months before the 2011 quake hit, according to several reports.” Read more.

  1. 10/22/2013 at 1:03 PM

    Well, we now “know” where the “radioactive waste water” from the Fukushima power plant in Japan is going…huh!


  2. Amy
    10/22/2013 at 1:58 PM

    That was my first thought too, Bobby when I heard this on the news the other night. Strange that they keep saying “we have no ideas on why this might be happening”; when that is the FIRST thing I would look to.


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