Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

November 3, 2013

“IT’S RAINING FISH!” BY: NEAL MURPHY

Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:02 am

 

 

The residents of a small outback Australian town were left speechless after fish began falling from the sky in March of 2010.  Lajamaru is a town of only 650 residents located in the north central area of Australia and would be on the edge of the Tanami Desert.  It is over four hundred miles from any large body of water.

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Hundreds of spangled perch bombarded the citizens when the strange “weather” began.  The locals ran around everywhere picking them up since they were still alive.  This would mean that the perch were alive when they were up there flying around the sky.

Meteorologists say the incident was probably caused by a tornado.  It is common for tornadoes to suck up water and fish from rivers and lakes then drop them hundreds of miles away.  However, this tornado was selective in the kind of fish it sucked up…..all were spangled perch.  The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, “Once they get up into the weather system, they are pretty much frozen and, after some time, they are released.

The phenomenon of “The Rain of Fish” has been occurring in the Departamento de Yoro in Honduras each year since the mid 1800s.  The occurrence has been puzzling, not only the residents, but also scientists since it first started.  Each year witnesses report that in May or June, dark storm clouds accompanied by wind and lightning will appear over the horizon and move over the region.  The clouds are accompanied by a very heavy rain which will last upwards of three hours.  Once the rain has finished, the city streets are littered with living fish.

National Geographic officials headed to the region in 1970 and were able to witness the event, though they were unable to offer an explanation.  They were able to determine that all of the fish that appeared were roughly the same size, and were all the same species.  What’s more puzzling is that this particular species of fish do not inhabit any nearby waters.  One scientific theory is that the fish are sucked up in a waterspout formed by the high winds.  Others think that the fish may be brought in from as far away as the Atlantic Ocean, which is some 200 miles away.

While science has yet to offer a definitive explanation, the residents believe the annual event is nothing short of divine intervention.  Between the years 1856 and 1864 a Catholic priest by the name of Father Jose Manuel Subirana was living in the region.  Many Catholics, especially those in Honduras, consider him to be a saint.  While he was living in the area, it is said that he spent three days and three nights in seclusion and prayer, asking God to tend to the impoverished nation and provide sustenance.  The legend says that when the Father had concluded his three-day prayer, the first “Rain of Fish” occurred, which has continued to this day.  Upon arrival of the miraculous fish, residents are all too happy to rush to the streets collecting the fish for sustenance and nourishment.

There is a long history of strange objects raining down from the sky.  The following strange occurrences are among the most notable:

1794 – French soldiers stationed in Lalain, near Lille, reported toads falling from the sky during a heavy rain.

1857 – Sugar crystals as big as quarter of an inch in diameter fell over the course of two days in Lake County, California.

1876 – A woman in Kentucky reported meat flakes raining from the sky.  Tests found the meat was venison.

1902 – Dust whipped up in Illinois caused muddy rain to fall over many north-eastern U.S. states.

1940 – A tornado in Russia brought a shower of coins from the 16th Century.

1969 – Gold balls fell from the sky on Punta Gorda in Florida.

1976 – In San Luis Obispo in California, blackbirds and pigeons rained from the sky for two days.

So, how do we, living in the modern age of technology, explain the events such as those just mentioned?  I realize that tornadoes can cause unusual things to happen, but can they suck up fish of the same size and species only, leaving all others, and transmit them still alive for hundreds of miles?  As one eye witness in Australia stated after the rain of live fish, “Yes, I had a couple of beers, so none of my friends believed me.  I have rung heaps of people to let them know I was not drunk back then.  It really happened.”

So, what do you think?

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