Oarfish discovery in Southern California makes three rare sea creatures in less than a weekSubmitted by justDave on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 12:10
"Less than a week after an 18-foot oarfish carcass was found by a snorkeler in a bay at Santa Catalina Island, another large oarfish was found 35 miles across the channel on the beach in Oceanside."
"The Oceanside discovery was made Friday afternoon by elementary school students" http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2013/10/another-oarfish-di...
"Long, slender oarfish, which are presumed to have spawned tales of sea serpents among ancient mariners, inhabit dark depths of the world's oceans. They're rarely encountered, dead or alive.
It remains unclear why two specimens have come ashore in Southern California in so short a period.
One reader on the ABC San Diego Facebook page commented, "Japan radiation."
Interestingly, on Tuesday night, another rare creature stranded on a Southern California beach: a beaked whale at Venice Beach."
"Can oarfish predict earthquakes? Maybe it's not as crazy as it sounds
Now, some are claiming that oarfish washing ashore is a sign that an earthquake will soon follow. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area, Mark Benfield, a researcher at Louisiana State University, told LiveScience in an earlier interview. [Video - ROV Captures Bizarre Deep-Sea Oarfish]
The oarfish is known in Japan as ryugu no tsukai or "messenger from the sea god's palace," according to the Japan Times. Dozens of the deep-sea denizens were discovered by Japanese fishermen around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in March 2010.
Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology, told the Japan Times, "Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea."