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Here at the Red Cross we’ve always been interested in Busting Myths but today, I’m just interested in some excellent, highly cultural myths to sink my teeth into.
While scanning the Field Guide to Tokyo’s Top 10 Mythical Beasts, I ran into the “Cat Fish God” or Namazu, once thought to be the cause of earthquakes in Japan. The thought was that these fish were thrashing deep beneath the surface of the earth. And then my thought was: Show and Tell, 4th grade!
I remembered that I own a netsuke of an “earthquake fish” when I was a little kid and so I started Googling “earthquake fish.” And guess what? MORE earthquake fish!
In Taiwan, another earthquake fish title was given to the species called Trachipterus ishikawae, or, “ribbon fish.” These achieved this rank as they appeared following major earthquake
events [Hengchun (2006) and Taidon (2007)]. Biologically, it turns out that this may be because they are highly sensitive to disturbances on the ocean floor which is frankly where I believe you should keep ribbon fish because they are ugly.