Probe on “fish rain” in Matara

Tests are to be carried out on the “fish rain” reported in Matara today, officials said.

Several fish were seen falling from the sky today in Kamburupitiya, Matara during the heavy rain experienced in the area.

Officials believed the so called “fish rain” was caused by a mini tornado which may have sucked the fish out from the surface of the water and thrown them back down to earth.

According to Wikipedia, raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals “rain” from the sky.

Such occurrences have been reported in many countries throughout history. One hypothesis 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. Sometimes the animals survive the fall, 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.