Oarfish washed up on the beach. PHOTO/ THE SUN
SANTO DOMINGO – An oarfish was found stranded on the beach of Los Coquitos, Dominican Republic last Monday before dying shortly afterwards.
As reported by The Sun, Thursday (30/11/2023), this immediately caused concern among residents because there was a belief that an earthquake would occur after the appearance of the giant fish.
This species reportedly lives near the Septentrional-Oriente Zone which triggered the Cap-Haitien earthquake and tsunami in Haiti in 1842 that killed approximately 5,300 people.
The paddlefish is one of the longest fish in the ocean, reaching 17 meters in length and weighing more than 200 kilograms.
“It is a deep sea fish, it is very unusual to find it on the surface,” said Dominican Republic Deputy Minister of Coastal and Marine Resources, Jose Ramon Reyes
However, it does not pose any threat, it only lives in the deepest region.
The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world, with a length that can reach 17 meters. This fish has a slender and elongated body, with long, paddle-like pectoral fins. Oarfish are silvery and have no scales.
Oarfish live in sea depths of up to 1,000 meters. They are pelagic fish, which means they live in open water. Oarfish are predators, and they eat small fish, squid, and other marine animals.