The fishermen of the Cavancha cove, beach of the regional capital of Iquique, took the fright of their lives to find a specimen that will cost them forget. The discovery was made yesterday.
At the time they could not recognize what it was because of the scare, since seeing an unknown animal, 150 kilos and measuring no less than five meters long, leaves anyone speechless.
However, accustomed to the rarities of the sea for devoting so many years to the artisanal fishing of the albacore, the fishermen did not take long to recognize that it was a rowing fish.
“The oarfish found is also called king of the herrings, and its scientific name is Regalecus Glesne, and the species found corresponds to a female (…) in its stomach were found krill remains,” said Iquique Miguel Araya, Doctor in Coastal Marine Systems and academic from Arturo Prat University.
“This fish is deepwater, but occasionally they can be found in shallower waters, possibly because they are sick or dying,” he added.
In February 2017 three of these creatures appeared in the Philippines and fear spread throughout the Asian country. The same happened in the Peruvian city of Tacna at the beginning of this year. And although in January an earthquake of 7.1 affected Arequipa, there is no relationship considering that the oar was seen in February. And nothing happened.
This fact was highlighted by the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), who at that time called the population calm, remarking that “scientists currently rule out the use of, for example, the behaviour of fish to understand earthquakes”.
But where does this belief come from? In Japan, there is the figure of ” Namazu “, a sea serpent that lives under the country and that every time it appeared, it caused an earthquake. Therefore, in this nation, each sighting generates fright in the population, a fact that finally led to this fear multiplying in different places, including Iquique.
“I do not discredit the Japanese theory and I do not disrespect it at all, but there is a big difference between suggesting something like this and trying it out … What does an animal feel that maybe we do not and that communicates the proximity of an event?” , on top of that, the seismologist of the University of San Diego Pat Abbott.
2010 was seen in Japan and days later Chile was shaken by Concepción’s 8.8 on 27-F. And while there is no scientific evidence, the Japanese thought that the oar had to do. The same happened in 2011 when the Fukushima tsunami occurred.
How the myth of the rowing fish came about
In 1848 an English ship gave the world alert and from that minute a myth was born that later became reality: the HMS Dedalus sailed through the South Atlantic when out of nowhere appeared a “sea serpent”.
Almost 100 years before, in Greenland, the first voices emerged about a strange being that was at the bottom of the sea, but the British were the first to describe the enigmatic creature completely.
Later, other crew members of several ships indicated that they had seen something similar until its existence was proven: it was not a “sea serpent”, but a fish that lives in the depths of the oceans.
Its scientific name is Regalecus Glesne, but it is better known as rowing fish. It is rarely seen, but sometimes it appears and causes a sensation due to its strange shape, as happened on Sunday in Iquique, where a boat from where they fished albacore, they met the most real mythological being that exists.
” In books of the sixteenth and seventeenth century they spoke of creatures with the appearance of sea serpents, we believe they could refer to the oarfish ,” the biologist at the Marine Research Institute of the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) Milton told BBC Love the 2013, after an appearance of this creature in the United States.
Source: El Nueve