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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 not REAL unless the JURY of UM sees it for themselves. 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
Stories of frogs, fish and other creatures falling from the sky like rain have been told for centuries. Read More: http://www.unexplain...in-from-the-sky 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
Why is it always or almost always just one species rather than a mixture as you would expect if a dust devil or tornado picks up whole ponds and puddles? For example, why ONLY jellyfish? Also such a phenomenon should mix in some birds with the fish for example, or as it transfers from land to sea or vice versa it should be a mixture of fish AND frogs, insects, birds, rats, etc. And why is it always or almost always a large number of the same animals as in an overpopulated pond rather than just one smallish pond falling in the way of that mini-tornado? It's like these tornadoes go over 50 ponds... [More]
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 said to be dro... [More]


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