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Sri Lankan village pelted by fish rain

By T.K. Randall
May 8, 2014 · Comment icon 9 comments

Hundreds of tiny fish were deposited on the area. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Villagers in the district of Chilaw were perplexed when small fish started to rain down from above.
Locals were alerted to the phenomenon by the sound of something dropping on to the ground outside and discovered that the area had become littered with hundreds of fish. Delighted at the prospect of a free meal, many ventured out and started to collect the fish in buckets.
The strange event follows another similar incident that also took place in Sri Lanka back in 2012 involving a deluge of prawns that mysteriously descended from the heavens. A downpour of peculiar red and yellow "meteor rain" also struck the region later that year.

Scientists believe that cases of small animals raining from the sky usually happen when a whirlwind forms over shallow water, sucks the creatures up in to the sky and then deposits them back down again at distances of up to several hundred miles away.

Source: BBC News | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by WhyDontYouBeliEveMe 10 years ago
how do they survive in the air ?
Comment icon #2 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
It is an amazing phenomena, heck I struggle with a net, and yet wind just picks them up.......
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
The basis for what's turning into a cult classic, Sharknado and the sson to be aired Sharknado 2 from SyFy.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waif 10 years ago
The basis for what's turning into a cult classic, Sharknado and the sson to be aired Sharknado 2 from SyFy. I'd watch that.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
They get some wild weather down in that region. I wonder if events like this are really that rare, or if it's just rare that they happen in populated areas and get noticed? In the midwest a tornado will empty an entire runoff pond as it passes over and send everything in it up into the air. People a mile or two away will find fish on the ground. But not hundreds of them, usually.
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
If one is allergic to seafood, they would be in living hell. Haha.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hawkin 10 years ago
Sounds like a fishy story to me.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ashotep 10 years ago
They would be in a living hell just from the smell of rotting fish.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tagace1 10 years ago
well it seems fishy


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