DAYS before and after the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that devastated Surigao City and its nearby provinces, multiple sightings of giant oarfish in Mindanao were reported.
On February 8, two days before the earthquake that killed eight people and injured more than 200, a 10-foot long oarfish was found ashore in Carmen, Agusan del Norte, which is located approximately 168 kilometers away from Surigao City.
Since the first sighting, five more oarfish were found ashore off Mindanao's northern coast. The latest sighting was last February 18, when a 20-foot oarfish was found in Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City. The sea creature was still alive when found by the residents, but it died later.
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The sightings have sparked debates and discussions on social media, on whether the sea creature can predict earthquakes.