Did You Know it Can Literally “Rain Animals”?

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Did you know that it can literally rain animals? Throughout history multiple occurrences of fish, frogs, small flightless animals, and other small creatures falling from the sky have been documented.

One hypothesis offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds or water spouts traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles. Sometimes the animals survive the fall, however, other times, the animals are frozen to death or completely encased in ice. This would suggest the animals were suspended aloft for a lengthy amount of time.

One of the strangest events is a recurring “shower of fish” that falls between the months of May and July in the Honduran Departamento de Yoro. They even have a festival named after it called, the Festival de la Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fish Festival). The people of Yoro celebrate the free fish every year and cook them for meals.

Yoro man cooking fish that "rained" from the sky. Credit: Oddee.com

The most recent occurrence of this was on January 13, 2012 when residents of Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines experienced dozens of 3-inch-long mudfish raining on them.

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