Raining animals is a relatively common meteorological phenomenon, with occurrences reported from many countries throughout history.
This may sound like some bizarre fact, but it is indeed true that there are instances when animals literally rain from the sky. Raining animals is a relatively common meteorological phenomenon, with occurrences reported from many countries throughout history.The category of animals most likely to rain from the skies are basically fishes and frogs. Birds are relatively rare, but they also rain in some parts of the world. Some of the animals arrive from the sky alive, but many do not survive the gravitational force with which they hit the ground. For example, frogs that survive the fall are generally startled, though healthy and exhibiting relatively normal behavior shortly after the event. Others arrive when they are frozen to death or drop when completely encapsulated in blocks of ice.
Rain of Fishes in Honduras
In Honduras, the Lluvia de Peces is a unique phenomenon that has been occurring for more than a century on a yearly basis in that country. It occurs in the Department de Yoro, between the months of May and July. According to many years of experience, this phenomenon begins with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain for 2 to 3 hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. People rush to harvest the fish home to cook and eat them. Although some experts have tried to explain the Rain of Fishes as a natural meteorological phenomenon, the fish are not sea water fish, but fresh water fish; they are not dead, but alive; they are not blind, they have eyes; they are not big fish, but small; and the type of fish is not found elsewhere in the area. Other recent occurrences of raining animals include the rain of frogs and toads in Serbia (2005) and London (1998), and rains of fish in India (2006) and Wales (2004).
Many attempts have been made to explain this condition of raining animals. Below are just a few of them.
There is no valid scientific explanation for this phenomenon but scientists believe the animals get to the skies as victims of powerful meteorological forces. French physicist Andre-Marie Ampere was among the first scientists to take seriously accounts of raining animals. He tried to explain rains of frogs with the hypothesis that was eventually refined by other scientists. Speaking in front of the Society of Natural Sciences, Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads roam the countryside in large numbers and that the action of violent winds can pick them up and carry them great distances into the sky.
More recently, a scientific explanation for the phenomenon has been developed that involves tornadic waterpspouts which are capable of capturing objects and animals and lifting them into the air, thereby transporting animals to relatively high altitudes, carrying them over large distances. The winds are capable of carrying the animals over a relatively wide area and allow them to fall in a concentrated fashion in a localized area. More specifically, some tornadoes can completely suck up a pond, letting the water and animals fall some distance away in the form of a rain of animals.
Myths and religious beliefs
In the case of the Honduras raining fishes, many people here believe it is because of the supplications of Father José Manuel Subirana, a Spanish Catholic missionary who is considered by many to be a Saint. He visited Honduras from 1856-1864, and upon encountering so many poor people, prayed for 3 days and 3 nights asking God for a miracle to help the poor people by providing food. From that time on, the Rain of Fishes has occurred ever since.