Natural phenomena: The Fish Rain In Honduras

In a small town Yoro in Honduras, a natural phenomena takes place every year. It’s called “The Fish Rain” or “Lluvia de Peces” and it typically happens in the spring or early summer. During the massive rain storm, hundreds of small silver fish supposedly rain from the sky onto the streets of the small town.

One hypothesis suggests that a fish-rain like this originates with waterspouts, which are tornadoes that move over water, sucking up small creatures living below the surface, usually fish and frogs and depositing them elsewhere.

However, waterspouts are not known to carry their aquatic cargo great distances. This doesn’t help explain this fishy weather, because the fish that end up stranded there are not indigenous to local rivers or streams.

National Geographic supposedly sent a team to Honduras to investigate the Rain of Fish in the 1970s. The team found that the fish were not from local waterways, but they were freshwater, not saltwater, fish. This meant they had to have come from rivers, lakes, ponds or streams.

Another interesting fact was that they were all the same blind species of fish. That led them to believe that the fish were coming up from underground, rather than raining down from the sky.

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