GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — For many, the giant deep-sea dwelling oarfish is just another interesting creature from the depths.
However, for some in Japan think they’re a sign of something bad to come.
Many are reportedly fearing earthquakes and tsunamis may soon occur after several of the deep-sea dwellers have been found.
Four oarfish have been caught since last month in the northern coast of Toyama — which makes up a total of seven found so far this winter season.
The enormous fish live as deep as 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) below the surface.
According to Japanese legend, the silvery species are traditionally known as the “Messenger from the Sea God’s Palace” are believed to be the harbinger of natural disasters.
Some locals found the myth to be true after a 2011 earthquake — which killed 20,000 people — following the sightings of a dozen oarfish.
However, experts contradict such claims citing various scientific explanations such as global warming are behind the phenomenon.