Strange Thing Sometimes Fall From The Skies
Recently, villagers in west Sri Lanka have said they have been surprised and delighted by an unusual rainfall of small fish.
The edible fish fell during a storm and are believed to have been lifted out of a river during a strong wind.
Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (75lbs).
It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka – in 2012, a case of “prawn rain” was recorded in the south.
Scientists say that “fish rain” usually occurs when swirling whirlwinds over relatively shallow water develops into waterspouts and sucks in almost anything in the water including fish, eels and even frogs.
The marine life can be carried long distances by buffeting clouds even when the waterspout stops spinning.
Villagers say that the “fish rain shower” took place on Monday with the creatures falling on the village green, roads and roofs.
Some of the fish – each three to five inches (5cm-8cm) in length – were still alive and were put in a buckets of water by villagers who ate them later.
This is the third time this has happened in Sri Lanka, but not from the same area.
In addition to the reported “prawn rain” of 2012 in the south, there was yellow and red “meteor rain” the same year – a weather development that is reportedly still being investigated by US and British scientists.
How Do You Explain A Rain Of Fish?
Scientists are quick to explain the fish rains of 2012 and 2014 in India as a natural phenomenon that occurs when a tornado sucks up a pond and the fish in it, only to drop them miles away as the storm loses energy. There are several problems with this. Mainly that these falls are almost always just of one species of creature, and they are alive, and often times there are no clouds or storms associated with the events. Doesn’t it seem a bit odd that fish lifted violently out of the water, transported miles through the air, then dropped on the ground would survive the ordeal?
Then there are the stranger skyfall events where objects other than fish/frogs and the like have fallen from the sky.
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