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Fishermen from the island of Cozumel, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, sighted an oarfish or Regalecus glesne, one of those marine beings that rarely emerges to the surface, and which in Japanese culture is a symbol of bad omen, El Financiero review.
In Cozumel, Quintana Roo,” said a fisherman while holding the fish in a video and photos he shared on the Macheto Snap Cozumel Surf Facebook account.
In Japanese culture, the oarfish is known as ‘Ryugu no tsukai’ or the ‘Messenger of the Sea God Palace’. And according to CNN reports, legend has it that they hit the coast before submarine earthquakes.
“According to traditional belief, if a lot of rowing fish appear, it could be a sign of an impending earthquake.” Although scientists claim that there is no evidence to support that theory, according to National Geographic.
The Regalecus glesne or oarfish is known for its great length and silver colour. “This rare fish is possibly a source of sea monster legends, as its tape-shaped body can grow to 36 feet long (10 meters) in some cases,” explains the Florida Museum on its website.
The most significant case where the ‘bad omen’ label was attributed to the oarfish was the 2011 Fukushima earthquake -followed by a tsunami- since previous months at least a dozen oar fish were sighted off the coast of Japan Kyodo New s media reported at the time.
Reporta @MMestizaje que aparece ejemplar de PEZ REMO en la Isla de Cozumel; lugareños señalan que sus abuelos recordaban que las apariciones de estos peces traían desgracia a las localidades. Esperemos que no se el caso. pic.twitter.com/v37jgh4O59
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Source: La Patilla