Recent sightings of oarfish along the Pacific Coast of Mexico have earthquake enthusiasts worried. Are these rare sighting a portend of some major cataclysmic tremor along the West Coast of North America?
Discovery Channel News reports tourists recently filmed the long, silvery fish trying to beach themselves in shallow waters of Baja California, Mexico. Normally, oarfish live in ocean depths of 3,000 feet. Rarely do these sea creatures come up close enough for humans to view these monsters of the deep.
This sighting goes along with two dead oarfish on beaches of California in October.
Livescience.com states that back in 2011, about 20 oarfish beached themselves in the same region of Japan where the deadly earthquake/tsunami hit that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. A similar beaching occurred shortly before the massive 8.8-magnitude tremor in Chile in March 2010.
Within a two-week period in late March, earthquakes hit Los Angeles, Yellowstone National Park and off the shore of Chile. The ones in the United States were around a 5 on the Richter scale.
Do these smaller earthquakes, along with oarfish behaving irrationally, mean something more ominous is coming to the Ring of Fire? The last time Yellowstone had a 4.8-magnitude quake, it was two months before the cataclysmic 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption that killed more than 50 people, according to the French Tribune.
There hasn’t been a connection made between oarfish and earthquakes, at least scientifically. Yet the idea of animals reacting badly to earthquakes has been well documented.
Ahead of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, elephants screamed and ran for higher ground. Other events included dogs refusing to go outdoors, wild flamingos abandoning their breeding ground and zoo animals hunkering down in their shelters, all according to National Geographic.
Earthquakes in southern California are nothing new, but there were two rattlers within a week. Is the so-called “Big One” on the way? Perhaps we should see if more oarfish wind up dead on these Pacific shores. These warnings could be an ominous sign of something drastic on the way.
If this cataclysm occurs now, the most populous state of the union will be ruined. Millions of people will be affected and displaced by massive damage due to a huge earthquake in southern California.
The idea that animals can predict earthly cataclysms has been around for centuries, long before seismographic instruments and the science of predicting earthquakes. Although scientists have no reliable way of predicting these powerful tremors, perhaps it is time we start observing the behavior of wildlife.
These creatures might be on to something.
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