Not for the first time but in 1970, the Discovery Channel recorded the fish rain, that too live fish falling from the sky and the video taken live in Yoro, Honduras, called locally “Lluvia de Peces” has been going viral on WhatsApp for over a week.
Surprsingly, the live fish rain fell closer home in the Gollamudi village of Nandigama Mandal near Vijayawada in southern India. Taken aback initially, the villagers soon rushed to collect from waterlogged fiedls.
The fish species was described as Vallaga and the fish measured 4 to 6 inches as heavy rains hit the village on Friday morning, attracting even the neighbouring villagers to rush and collect the fish from the fiels near Gollamudi village.
The phenomenon is still strange and the explanation still lacks authenticity. Experts attribute the phenomenon to displacement of fish from the ponds and rivers nearby, caused by heavy rain and wind.
In the 1970s, neighbouring districts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram too witnessed similar fish rain, records reveal.
The earliest record of a rain of fish was recorded in Singapore in 1861, when three days of torrential rain pured fish. Prior to that in 1794, French soldiers witnessed toads falling from the sky at Lalain, near the French city of Lille, while in 1857, people from Lake County in California reported that sugar crystals fell from the sky.
Here is a full list of such fish rain in history:
Singapore, February 22, 1861
Madhesh, Nepal, May 15, 1900
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, July 1, 1903
Marksville, Louisiana, October 23, 1947
Kerala, India, February 12, 2008
Bhanwad, Jamnagar, India, Oct 24, 2009
Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia, February 25 and 26, 2010,
Loreto, Agusan del Sur, Philippines, January 13, 2012
IIT Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Sep 12, 2013
Every Summer called Lluvia de Peces in Yoro, Honduras
Chilaw, Sri Lanka, 6 May 2014,
Nandigama, India, 19 June 2015.