Last week on CNN I saw a story about dead sea life washing up on the shores of southern California. Included in the list are oarfish and a type of beaked whale. There have also been reports of abnormally high numbers of white shark sightings. I looked for the story online but could only find this condensed version of what the reporter discussed.
Usually elusive animals are washing up on beaches in California and it has some people wondering just what’s going on. CNN’s Casey Wian talked to scientists to find out.
During the television segment it was discussed that oarfish and beaked whales have been known to beach themselves before several large earthquake incidents.
Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on Japanese beaches, suggesting the fish could possibly have known that the temblor was coming…
It was speculated by one of the scientists that the oarfish, beaked whale, and white shark are all sensitive to fluctuations in magnetic fields. When tectonic plates shift they do impact magnetic fields. Unfortunately the topic of magnetic fields and the aforenoted marine life bears more study. So most scientists will say the correlation is inconclusive at best.
Here’s hoping I’m just stupid and all this is a coincidence!