Post-Tsunami in Paradise: Strange Fish Behavior

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 12th, 2011

While unusual marine species stories do exist, post-tsunami, some of them will be fakes. The first one for 2011, however, appears to be real. According to the Associated Press, after the March 11th Japanese earthquake and tsunami wave from half-a-world away, the fish began acting strangely near Acapulco, Mexico.

Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore Friday on one beach in the Mexican resort city, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above.

Delighted fishermen rushed out in wooden motor boats, abandoning their rods and nets and simply scooping the fish up with buckets.

“It was so much fun. There were about 20 or 30 fishermen and there were people who came with their kids to take advantage of it,” fisherman Carlos Morales said.

The fishermen attributed the strange phenomenon to the unusual currents unleashed by tsunami that followed the earthquake in Japan.
Experts couldn’t be sure.

“It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?” said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.”Associated Press

It will be recalled that after the tsunami of 2004, hoax videos began appearing trying to blame that tsunami on the appearance of bizarre fish. However, it was determined those videos were merely images from earlier deep-sea finds of those species.

Another similar hoax was posted in 2009, as well. Expect more fakery like that now that the 2011 Japanese megaquake is all over the news.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Post-Tsunami in Paradise: Strange Fish Behavior”

  1. johnnyb93 responds:

    I wonder if the big LA anchovy kill was connected to the activity around the Pacific Rim.
    Perhaps noxious gases belched from faults under the sea led to their demise.

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I watched the photos on the newspaper Reforma this morning. We’ll just have to wait and see if the two events (the tsunami and the fish) are confirmed to be related. Right now I’m just happy that no accidents or casualties were reported during the tsunami alert the Mexican government issued yesterday.

  3. graybear responds:

    I want to see someone come up with a reasonable fake Godzilla.

  4. coelacanth1938 responds:

    The anchovy kill apparently had something to do with tainted plankton. The same kind that kills sea lions. It might be an indicator of a ‘dead zone’ like those found off of Florida.

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