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nht.Giant fish spotted near Taiwan, dubbed the “fish from the end of the world.”




USA Today reported on July 20 that in a video shared by diving instructor Wang Cheng-Ru in June, the aforementioned group of divers found a rare giant “doomsday fish” near Taiwan. This oarfish (also known as oarfish or “doomsday fish”) usually lives at depths of 60 to 300 m, even 1,000 m, below the sea surface.

In the video, the “fish from the end of the world” appears injured. “There are many amazing Animals off the northeast coast of Taiwan, but this is the first time I have encountered a giant oarfish,” Wang told Newsweek magazine.

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A group of divers recently found a giant “doomsday fish” off the coast of Taiwan. Photo: AP

Oarfish live in many places outside of Arctic waters. They are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bony fish. Oarfish have no teeth and eat plankton through their gill rakers.

Huge “fish from the end of the world” appears near Taiwan

In 1963, an oarfish with an estimated length of 15 m was captured in New Jersey – USA. In 1885, an oarfish weighing 272 kg was caught in Maine, United States.

The oarfish receives the scientific name Regalecus glesne due to its paddle shape, according to the Florida State Museum of Natural History (USA).

According to Japanese folklore, seeing shiny silver scales on the body of the “doomsday fish” is a sign of “impending disaster.” Legend says that this fish was sent from the palace of the Sea God to warn people about upcoming earthquakes.

Although people saw oarfish before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and the Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan, scientists believe the connection between oarfish and the disaster is false.

Professor Hiroyuki Motomura of Kagoshima University told the New York Post: “I think these fish tend to float to the surface when their physical condition is poor. That is why they often die when found.”