(ORDO NEWS) — A 3.5 meter long oarfish washed up on Aramoana Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand. An unusual fish was found by 32-year-old fisherman Isaac Williams, according to the Daily Mirror.
According to Williams, he initially thought that there was a surfboard on the shore, and was surprised to see a gigantic fish.
“Sea snakes and stuff are washed up on the beach, but I’ve never seen anything like it. It amazed me, ”said the fisherman.
When he got to the oar king, he was still alive. The fish died when Williams tried to bring it back into the sea.
Emma Burns, curator of natural history at the Otago Museum, said oarfish are very rare in the Dunedin area. Over the past 150 years, there have been only nine cases when these fish washed ashore near the city.
The oarfish is found in warm, temperate and temperate waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest living bony fish. Its length can reach nine meters.
According to signs, the herring king is a harbinger of earthquakes or tsunamis – deep-sea inhabitants are sensitive to movements of the sea soil.
In 2011, in Japan, shortly before the earthquake and tsunami, several dozen oarfish washed ashore. At the same time, scientists emphasized that no one has ever recorded such a connection anywhere.
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