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Why do animals sometimes rain from the sky ?


Posted on Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Comment icon 36 comments

Frogs have been known to rain from the sky from time to time. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Charlesjsharp
Stories of frogs, fish and other creatures falling from the sky like rain have been told for centuries.
One of the earliest recorded examples of this phenomenon took place in AD 77 when small frogs and fish were reported to have fallen from the heavens in a deluge that lasted several minutes.

Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder suggested in his 'Natural History' encyclopedia that the animals had actually grown out of the ground rather than having fallen from the sky, an idea that likely stemmed from the appearance of worms and other creatures on the surface after a deluge.

Other historical cases include a shower of frogs over Kansas City in 1873 that was said to have "darkened the air and covered the ground for a long distance" and a shower of jellyfish that rained down over the town of Bath in England in 1894.

These days it is generally believed that such downpours are the result of tornadoes and other meteorological phenomenon that can suck the animals up from the water and transport them hundreds of miles before depositing them over populated areas.

Source: Live Science | Comments (36)

Tags: Fortean, Fish, Frogs, Rain


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by Beany on 21 April, 2014, 0:58
It's about time someone recognized our authority. Now if only we could get paid.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Beany on 21 April, 2014, 1:04
Years ago I watched a video about this, one of those from that series Arthur C. Clarke did. It seemed credible, especially the conservative, elderly English couple who were obviously puzzled by and slightly embarrassed to be talking about a shower of green beans they experienced. He had to go back in the house and get his umbrella, there were so many green beans falling from the sky. It was almost like a Monty Python sketch! I forget the name of the series, but it was all interesting, raised more questions than answered, and debunked a lot of stuff.
Comment icon #29 Posted by little_dreamer on 21 April, 2014, 1:11
Not too many recent incidents like this. Much more in the past (prior to 1950), I think people would make a cell phone video if this happened today.
Comment icon #30 Posted by SecretAgentMathew on 21 April, 2014, 5:25
I have always wondered if some guys are actually bored enough to fill a 747 airliner full of frogs and fly over the clouds releasing them
Comment icon #31 Posted by Nenaraz on 22 April, 2014, 2:37
When you put it like that now I wonder as well. I'd state - dropped from a plane carrying a cargo, however why would a place carry a gazzilion jellyfishes and despite that illogicality, how could the cargo drop and for what purpose. Could it be a serious joke?! Ofc, tornado, storms et cetera are common but, yeah, it should never be just one particular species no matter how you look at it. Great point(s).
Comment icon #32 Posted by Midyin on 22 April, 2014, 22:41
I don't think it ever actually rains animals.... Except birds.. Sometimes birds fall out of the sky...
Comment icon #33 Posted by Onna on 25 April, 2014, 23:16
Hi, once again the odd and unexplained exsists and prvails on this planet that we dwell on. i have no logical explanation for this,or many other things I have seen in my life so far;as far as the things I have seen gos, I always upon seeing the bizzare, have to question my own reasoning and wonder if my eyes are telling lies to my mind,but I only have to go with what I see. Who realy knows?
Comment icon #34 Posted by Midyin on 27 April, 2014, 13:43
Oh, and golden silk(banana) spiders. It rains banana spiders in Jamaica sometimes..
Comment icon #35 Posted by LTD on 7 May, 2014, 22:37
Why cant it rain mescaline ?
Comment icon #36 Posted by E. L. Wisty on 8 May, 2014, 21:30
To be serious for a moment, it's not that implausible for a tornado to suck up the entire contents of a pond and dump them somewhere else. Depending on the strength of the tornado, there will be an upper limit to the weight of the individual objects it can lift, and being whirled around in that fashion would separate the objects inside the tornado according to size, weight, and perhaps shape - stones have a much smaller surface area than frogs weighing exactly the same, so they'd offer less air resistance and be dropped much sooner. You'll notice that the objects most frequently sa... [More]


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