According to a popular Japanese belief, the giant rowing fish is thrown to the beach by the tide anticipating natural disasters.
A specimen of giant rowing fish, also known as the ‘ king of herring ‘, has been found in the bay of Posyet, in the Russian region of Primorie, to the surprise of the locals, local media reported.
According to experts, this is the first finding of that species in the region.
The marine animal – whose scientific name is Regalecus glesne – lives in warm or moderately warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, at depths of up to a kilometer . It is considered the longest bone fish in the world and is usually about 3 meters long, although there are confirmed records of 11-meter specimens and unconfirmed reports of others that reached 17 meters .
His nickname ‘king’ owes its origin to Norwegian fishermen who found it in the nets between herring, noted that the elongated radii of their fins on the head formed a kind of crown-like crest.
“This species is not registered in Russian waters,” so it is “an exceptional find. Now it can be included in all reference books as a new species of Russian fauna,” said Vladimir Rákov, a doctor of biology from the Far East division of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
According to a popular Japanese belief, the king of herring is able to anticipate earthquakes and tsunamis . In fact, more than a dozen copies were thrown by the tide over the Japanese coast shortly before the devastating earthquake in Fukushima. In February of this year, the discovery of two other fish by Okinawa fishermen sparked fear of another natural disaster among local people.
However, in the words of Rákov, it is “rather a coincidence”, since “this link was never determined by anyone”.