Beached oarfish not edible: BFAR
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned the public that oarfish, like the ones beached after the magnitude 6.7 quake in Surigao City last Feb. 10, are not edible.
In its advisory, the BFAR said oarfish surface when they are about to die “due to aging, unavailability of food, and the varying current conditions in surface shallow areas in contrast to its deeper water habitat.”
It said a Japanese myth explains that the appearance of oarfish signal an earthquake.
It noted that an undetermined number of oarfish were beached from December 2009 to March 2010, before the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Beaching of oarfish were reported in Butuan Bay, Barangay Masao in Butuan City, and in Nasipit town on January 19; the municipalities of Buenavista on February 8; Tubay on February 13; and Carmen on February 15.
BFAR said the largest oarfish recorded is 36 feet long. It is rarely seen in the surface because it inhabits deeper waters where water current is mostly normal.