It’s Raining Animals


Raining animals is a rare but real phenomenon in which flightless animals “rain” from the sky. It has been reported fin many countries throughout history. One theory speculates that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up the animals and carry them for up to several miles. This however has never been witnessed or scientifically tested. Noted examples of raining animals include: fish, frogs an toads, jellyfish, worms, spiders, and eggs.

Another theory hypothesizes that tornadic waterspouts transport animals to relatively high altitudes and caryy them over large distances. The winds are capable of carrying the animals over a relatively wide area and allow them to fall in a localized area. This theory appears to be supported by the type of animals in these rains: small and light, usually aquatic. It is also supported by the fact that the rain of animals is often preceded by a storm. However the theory does not consider how all the animals involved in each individual incident are from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area. There has also been numerous reported cases in which rainfalls of animals have occurred in fair weather and in the absence of strong winds or waterspouts.