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Japan tsunami fears grow after sightings of rare deep-sea-dwelling oarfish

The discovery of growing numbers of colossal oarfish in fishermens’ nets in Japan have raised fears of an impending natural disaster as the appearance of the usually deep-sea-dwelling species has long been considered a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis. One specimen measuring just under 4m was accidentally caught in a fixed net about 1km off Imizu, in Toyama Bay, off Japan’s north coast, on Monday. At least three others have been found over the past week, and two were found earlier in January. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds…