It is possible that they respond to these movements with as a result that sometimes an Oarfish washed ashore. But if we are to believe the Japanese folklore these deep sea creatures appear on beaches to predict earthquakes.
Folklore or not but last week days before a 6.7 magnitude quake hit Surigao City in Caraga, Philippines an Oarfish washed ashore.
A second Oarfish was found along the shore of Barangay Gusa in the City of Cagayan de Oro on Saturday afternoon, February 18, 2017. The silvery fish, which is reportedly 15 feet long, was found alive but later died. See videos below.
And on February 20 two more Oarfish were found in the Philippines on Monday at around 6 in the evening along the coast of Barangay Kawayan in the Municipality of Libagon Southern Leyte.
Moreover, at least 11 Oarfish have washed ashore in different parts of the country since the start of the year!! See reports here.
February 20: Barangay Kawayan in the Municipality of Libagon Southern Leyte (2 oarfish)
February 18: Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City
February 15: Rojales, Carmen, Agusan del Norte
February 15: Bontoc, Southern Leyte
February 11: Bontoc, Southern Leyte
February 08: Buenavista, Agusan del Norte
February 05: Tudela, Misamis Occidental
January 31: Lumbocan, Butuan City
January 19: Masao Beach, Butuan City
January 12: Danao City, Cebu
We may wonder whether the Japanese folklore has an element of truth and these oarfish are indeed harbingers of powerful coming earthquakes.