A group of fishermen recently spotted a strange 16-foot monster fish in Chile, which was so big that a crane had to be called in to remove it.
A group of fishermen recently spotted a strange 16-foot monster fish in Chile, which was so large that a crane had to be called in to remove it. A video of the creature being removed has surfaced online. The clip shows the long fish dangling as workers lifted it off the ground and dangled it in the air. According to the Daily Star, the length of the fish, identified as Oarfish, is more than 5 meters (16 feet).
The video was shared on several social media platforms but was first posted on TikTok, where it garnered nearly 10 million views. The post generated concern among people, as the creature is traditionally seen as a bad omen for tsunamis and earthquakes.
One user wrote: “This is a terribly amazing fish,” while another said: “Rowing fish live in the deep. It is said that when they start to surface it is because the tectonic plates are in motion. Huh.”
Internet users believe the creature’s proximity to shore indicates a frozen underwater earthquake.
According to the media outlet, the belief is rooted in legends that paddlefish are the harbingers of earthquakes and tsunamis. This theory has never been confirmed by science, but local officials must now consider how these fish came to the surface.
Paddlefish can reach a length of up to 11 meters. They usually live in deep water and surface only when they are sick, dying, or reproducing.
It is rare to see this fish. In April, a paddlefish was found on a beach in New Zealand, where it was spotted on a local beach.