- The coastal city of Tampico was pelted with small fish
- Similar reports of animals falling from the sky have been reported since ancient times
- Tornadic waterspouts are believed to be the culprit behind the phenomenon
2017 has been a year of hurricanes, earthquakes and devastating brush fires.
And now, it’s raining fish.
Is it the end of the world? Probably not. But this week, fish did drop from the sky in Tampico, Mexico during a light rain, according to Pedro Granados, the director of civil protection in Tamaulipas state. He was the point person for the reports and videos his agency had received from residents.
“Not to say there were a lot of fish—one here, one there,” Granados said. “It has to be said; they’re very small fish, which weigh a few grams. It’s strange, not normal.”
Several of the little swimmers fell from the sky in front curious onlookers, a few of which posted the heavenly sea bounty to social media.
Granados said that while it is unusual, it’s not unheard of—and he’s right. Similar reports have cropped up as far back as ancient civilizations (and we’ve listed some of those events). The. U.S. Library of Congress has noted that “it doesn’t ‘rain’ frogs or fish in the sense that it rains water—no one has ever seen frogs or fish vaporize into the air before a rainfall. However, strong winds, such as those in a tornado or hurricane, are powerful enough to lift animals, people, trees, and houses. It is possible that they could suck up a school of fish or frogs and ‘rain’ them elsewhere.”
The rain of animals is not only relegated to Mexico. Both Kansas City and Dubuque, Iowa, experienced amphibian precipitation in the second half of the 19th-century, according to residents there. Similar reports have surfaced from Louisiana to Serbia and Australia.
One small Honduran town, Yoro, gets a fish-filled rain so regularly, that residents have marked the event with an annual festival, the Lluvia de Peces (literally “Rain of Fish”) and call the bounty “a blessing from God.”