LOOK: Dead oarfish found in Zamboanga del Norte

Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2017 12:10 AM

Photo by Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

ROXAS – A dead oarfish was discovered along the shore of Roxas town in Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday morning.

Residents flocked to the shore to look at the sea creature.

Some said they are worried that the beaching of the oarfish was an "omen" of an upcoming calamity.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources fishery technician Sadrac Dalid allayed fears.

He said the fish may have been disturbed while in its habitat.

“It lives along the fissures in the deepest and darkest part of the sea with the coldest temperature,” said Dalid.

A day before the oarfish was found, a huge sunfish was also beached along the shoreline in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte, a neighboring town of Roxas.