‘Doomsday fish that portends disaster’ caught hours before deadly Taiwan earthquake struck

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A ‘doomsday fish’ said to only surface when disaster is near was caught by a fisherman soon before the deadly earthquake that shook Taiwan earlier this week.

Oarfish typically live at depths of up to 3,300 feet, but Japanese legend says they appear in shallow waters when a seismic event is imminent.

Now it has emerged that the fish was caught in the Philippines shortly before neighbouring Taiwan faced its biggest quake in 25 years.

It was found near Kalanggaman Island, roughly 900 miles south of the epicentre, some 30 hours before the earthquake took place.

Brenjeng Caayon, whose fishing boat MB Starlight made the catch at 2am on Tuesday, believes it’s no coincidence.

Speaking yesterday, he said: ‘This is a bad omen, according to superstition.

The fish is recognisable from its wide eyes and long body (Picture: Brenjeng Caayon via Pen News)

‘And it might be an omen, because just this morning an earthquake rocked Taiwan.

‘I didn’t believe it before, but now I’ve started to. I own the fishing boat, and I had three fishermen onboard. The crew didn’t know the kind of fish – it was their first time to see it.

‘They were supposed to throw it back in, but I stopped them; I told them to bring it ashore.

‘When I saw it, I recognised it immediately; I’ve already seen an oarfish before, but not this huge.’

Mr Caayon, 53, said the fish was nearly five feet long and weighed 15kg.
But he was fatalistic about the animal’s sinister reputation, which has earned it the nickname ‘doomsday fish’.

An oarfish was caught in the Philippines shortly before neighbouring Taiwan faced its biggest quake in 25 years (Picture: Brenjeng Caayon via Pen News)

He said: ‘Everything that happens is a healing of our mother earth.

‘The natural disaster is always there.

‘I believe in God and that’s the reason why I’m not afraid.’

The 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan has so far killed nine people and injured at least 963, according to the island’s fire department.

Its epicentre was 11 miles south of Hualien City, a coastal settlement on the east of the island.

Belief in the ominous nature of the oarfish gained new prominence after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.

Brenjeng Caayon, whose fishing boat MB Starlight made the catch, believes it’s no coincidence

In 2010, ecological seismologist Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, speculated that the creature’s legend may be grounded in science.

He 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.’

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