Rare deep-sea ribbonfish shows up in Japan

YAMAGATA, Japan (NBC/NTV) — A rare deep-sea ribbonfish was caught off northern Japan this week.

The creature usually inhabits waters hundreds of feet beneath the surface.

Little is known about its behavioral patterns, but the ribbonfish is sometimes called the “earthquake fish” because it can appear after disturbances to the ocean floor caused by quakes or typhoons.

The man who caught the nearly 6-foot-long fish said it was in a weakened state.

A local fisheries expert says it may have approached the shore out of hunger.

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