IS THE discovery of rare “sea serpents” off the coast of California at the weekend a sign of an impending disaster?
Carcasses of two of the sea snake-like creatures, of 5.5m and 4.2m in length respectively, were discovered washed up along the state’s coast last week.
According to Japanese folklore the so-called ‘monsters of the deep’ rise to the surface of the ocean and beach themselves to warn of a coming earthquake, CBS Los Angeles reports.
In the months before the Fukushima earthquake disaster, over a dozen slender oarfish washed ashore or were caught by fisherman on the country’s northern coast near the quake’s epicentre.
“Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish – traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake – have been washed ashore or caught in fisherman’s nets,” the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported at the time.
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