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Fish fall from sky with rain in northern Mexico

Phenomenon can occur when tornadoes over water suck fish into the air and release them over land

The civil defence agency for the Mexican state of Tamaulipas posted a photo of these fish it says fell from the sky. (Proteccion Civil Tamaulipas/Facebook)

Officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

The civil defence agency for the state of Tamaulipas said in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency’s Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, it’s a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water — known as waterspouts

— could be responsible for sucking fish into the air, where they are blown around until being released to the ground.

source:  The Associated Press, 2017


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