By J. Jala | 10:18 PM January 10, 2021
CLAIM: Photo shows an oarfish found in Maribojoc and Carmen towns in Bohol.
FACT: The oarfish was found in Dilasag, Aurora province prior to devastating earthquake in Luzon on April 22, 2019.
A fake photo of a giant oarfish found in Maribojoc town in Bohol has been circulating widely on Facebook.
The photo was accompanied by the description “KARON PA GYUD! OARFISH NAKIT.ANG PATAY DIHA SA PUNTA CRUZ, MARIBOJOC BOHOL.😱 -Pag bantay-bantay intawn mo ug maligo gani mo sa dagat.”
However, many netizens were suspicious of the photo, investigated the image online and quickly debunked it.
Many searched for images of a “oarfish” on Google and found the original oarfish photo:
The oarfish was found in Dilasag Aurora Prior to Devastating Earthquake in Luzon on April 22, 2019.
The background mountains found in the photo were not even in Maribojoc.
The same photo circulated online but with a different caption. The oarfish was found in Carmen town, a mountainous area in central Bohol.
“🔥🔥 NEWS UPDATE 🔥🔥 Oarfish nakit-an usab sa Carmen, Bohol! 😱 Unahan lang gyud nga dagat dapit sa shark nga nakit-an. 🥺 Amping ta guys. Ibawal sa lang unta pangaligo adto. 🙏🏼”
It’s not clear whether this fabricated news was written as a joke or with vicious intention.
In Japanese folklore, animals such as oarfish play an important role in the origin of earthquakes. Hiding somewhere beneath the Japanese mainland, sometimes he wiggles his tail, causing an earthquake in the human world.