A group of fishermen in Chile caught a huge 16-feet-long sea creature, leaving people filled with conspiracy theories of a “bad omen”. The magnificent Oarfish was caught by fishermen off the coast of Chile. Several people living in the city of Arica flocked to the pier while they hoisted the silvery fish up from the sea. The fish caught in the city of Arica was identified as a colossal oarfish, also known as a rowing fish.
A video of the said fish was shared online. It shows the long, bony fish being hooked on the head as the workers transfer it to the land. The gigantic fish, also known as ‘King of the Herrings’, measures more than five metres long (16ft).
The 16-foot-long fish has been identified as oarfish and is also known as a rowing fish. The video going viral on the internet leaving users amazed was first shared on TikTok. While some netizens are astonished to see the size of the fish, some, on the other hand, are linking the fish with a “bad omen” for tsunamis and earthquakes.
The bad omen theory:
The occurrence of the colossal-sized oarfish is raising concerns among locals as the deep-water creature is traditionally considered a bad omen for tsunamis and earthquakes. The fish became a folk legend for their future-telling powers, especially after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake. A large number of these fish were seen in the waters around Japan and found dead on its beaches around the time the earthquake hit.
Due to this reason, many people believe that this creature brings earthquakes along. This theory has never been confirmed by science but local authorities must now consider what brought the fish to the surface. People were not only amused but also scared to see the size of such a giant fish. Moreover, many made fun of how this huge creature is going to be the reason for everyone’s death.
Internet reacted differently:
After the video of the fish hanging on a crane went viral, some users said that whoever finds such a fish is cursed. However, not everyone was impressed by the images of the fish hanging from a hook, with many asking why the creature has been pulled out from the water.
“That’s a scary amazing fish,” wrote one user, while another explained the concerns of the locals saying, “Oarfish live in the depths. It is said that when they start to the surface it is because the tectonic plates are in movement.” “It’s oar fish. It can’t survive outside sea. Don’t kill animals,” said the third user. “And now where do we escape?” was the question by another netizen. “Yup, we’re dead,” replied fifth.
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