Two “herring kings” washed ashore in Ormoc City, Philippines

On Thursday morning, January 6, two deep-sea fish were washed ashore in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.

The deep-sea creatures were still alive when they were spotted by a fisherman named Kamlon Sarno, 40.

His wife Arlin photographed the fish, which was 9 feet long and weighed 20 pounds, and the other was 8 feet long and weighed 15 pounds.

Arlin said the fish were shared between neighbors.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director (BFAR-8) Juan Albaladejo said the fish are still juvenile because of their size. Usually found in depths of more than 200 meters, this deep-sea fish is also called a sea snake.

“There may have been sudden seismic tremors in the area that spooked the fish, causing them to immediately resurface and then die. It looks like decompression sickness,” he explained.

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