Raining Fish from the Skies Rare Meteorological Phenomenon

Raining Fish is a story that has been told for centuries. Sometimes they fall in a frozen state while others survive the journey. Many different types of species have fallen from the sky. One theory states that it may be strong winds such as whirlwinds that scoop up the species and then carries them for several miles.

The most common types of species that have been reported have been fish, frogs and lastly birds.

Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon, although occurrences have been reported from many countries throughout history.

One hypothesis that has been offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles.

However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested. The animals most likely to drop from the sky in a rainfall are fish, frogs and birds, in that order.

Sometimes the animals survive the fall, especially fish, suggesting the animals are dropped shortly after extraction. Several witnesses of raining frogs describe the animals as startled, though healthy, and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event.

In some incidents, however, the animals are frozen to death or even completely encased in ice. There are examples where the product of the rain is not intact animals, but shredded body parts. Some cases occur just after storms having strong winds, especially during tornadoes.

However, there have been many unconfirmed cases in which rainfalls of animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts.

Rains of animals (as well as rains of blood or blood-like material, and similar anomalies) play a central role in the epistemological writing of Charles Fort, especially in his first book, The Book of the Damned.
List of animals that have been reported to fall from the skies:


    * Singapore, February 22nd, 1861
    * Olneyville, Rhode Island, May 15th, 1900
    * Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24th, 2009
    * Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25th and 26th, 2010
    * Marksville, Louisiana, October 23rd, 1947

Frogs and toads

    * Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, June 2009 (Occurrences reported throughout the month)
    * Rákóczifalva, Hungary, June 18th-20th, 2010 (two times)


    * An unidentified animal (thought to be a cow) fell in California ripped to tiny pieces on August 1st, 1869; a similar incident was reported in Olympian Springs, Bath County, Kentucky in 1876
    * Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
    * Worms dropped from the sky in Jennings, Louisiana, on July 11th, 2007.
    * Spiders fell from the sky in Salta Province, Argentina on April 6th, 2007.