This giant oarfish measures a massive five metres (16ft) long – almost three times to height of the fisherman who landed the catch. And the so-called “earthquake fish” is freaking locals out after emerging just two hours after seismic activity struck island nation Taiwan. According to folklore, it is said to appear just before a quake hits – sending people into a panic.

Also dubbed the “king of herrings”, oarfish can reach a mammoth 11 metres (36ft) in length. The sea beast, was captured in waters off Taiwan’s eastern Kangle Village, in Hualien County. Although oarfish are traditionally a bad omen it was a lucky haul for the fisherman after he chopped up the trophy catch and turned it into soup. FULL REPORT