A dead oarfish washed up along the shores of Leyte's San Francisco town on Saturday.
According to a Sunday report on Balitanghali, the oarfish, found in Barangay Central, measured three and a half meters in length and weighed about 20 kilograms.
The dead oarfish was been turned over to the town's Municipal Agriculture Office for proper disposal.
In Japan, the surfacing of deep-sea creatures like the oarfish has been associated with earthquakes as they are sensitive to underwater fault movements, the report said.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the United States Geological Survey, however, said there are were studies that showed a correlation between surfacing oarfish and earthquakes. — Erwin Colcol/DCM, GMA News