It's raining fish in Australia's north

@JudyEv (327650)
Rockingham, Australia
April 6, 2024 9:07pm CST
Very occasionally, when the right conditions occur, fish fall from the sky in our most northern parts. Residents at Lajamanu, a remote outback community in Australia's Northern Territory, were very surprised when, during heavy rainfall, fish were raining down. They were still alive and the children were catching them in the puddles. Authorities say that strong updrafts can suck water and fish from rivers and dump them hundreds of kilometres away. Another recent news story from the same area reported fish being in water that was streaming across a flooded outback road. These are spangled perch which live in tiny desert waterholes. It survives in very challenging environments and has good tolerance to heat, salt, low oxygen and crowding. Once the fish are flushed out by heavy rains and make their way to new habitats and refuges. They are opportunistic feeders and have a single dorsal fin, big mouth and orange spots. Ain’t Nature wonderful? My photo shows a dry river bed in that area. This would be a raging torrent if there are big rains. Away from the immediate vicinity of the river, the trees give way to scrub and spinifex.
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@pitstop (13067)
• India
7 Apr
I've heard about raining cats and dogs figuratively, but didn't realise it could rain fish realistically!!
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@ptrikha_2 (45692)
• India
9 Apr
@JudyEv Dogs and Cats raining could have been the case when Noah's Ark had got flooded - just a wild guess!!
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
Wouldn't it be strange to have fish coming down in the rain? Like you, I don't think the cats and dogs story is true. lol
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@TheHorse (208076)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
If I found one in a puddle, could I keep it as a pet? Or just eat it? With wild rice and touch of lemon?
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
You might need to find three or four to make a meal of them. They're pretty small.
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@TheHorse (208076)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
@JudyEv Heh. I'll let you know if it happens here in CA. If it rains newts tomorrow, I'll just attribute it to God. But I won't eat them. Their skin is toxic. Actually I think we call them salamanders.
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@ptrikha_2 (45692)
• India
9 Apr
Quite an interesting phenomenon. Yet if some fishes land in a place away from water sources, it could be troublesome for them. Lajmanu would be thinly populated area, I suppose?
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@ptrikha_2 (45692)
• India
10 Apr
@JudyEv I would like to see some Travel/Tourist video of this place !
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@ptrikha_2 (45692)
• India
11 Apr
@JudyEv Need to find that out. So is your place getting quite colder these days?
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
10 Apr
Very thinly populated. I'm not sure where the fish would come from, how far away. Maybe the authorities don't know themselves.
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@LadyDuck (461464)
• Switzerland
7 Apr
I have heard of raining fish, that is incredible. I have also read of raining frogs in the UK.
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@LadyDuck (461464)
• Switzerland
7 Apr
@JudyEv I surely like more the idea of fish than frogs.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
@LadyDuck It would be really bizarre to have frogs landing all around you.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
I thought I'd heard of raining frogs too but I wasn't sure about it.
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@wolfgirl569 (97021)
• Marion, Ohio
7 Apr
I have heard of tornadoes sucking them up too. It would be strange to see
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@wolfgirl569 (97021)
• Marion, Ohio
8 Apr
@JudyEv They are called dirt devil's here
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Apr
@wolfgirl569 I knew they had another name but I couldn't remember it.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
Willy-willys here (very mini tornadoes) sometimes pick up chickens and whirl them around.
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@Beestring (13531)
• Hong Kong
7 Apr
Yes, nature is amazing.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
I can't imagine I'll ever see fish falling out of the sky but we could do with some rain.
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@Beestring (13531)
• Hong Kong
7 Apr
@JudyEv Honestly, I would be quite shocked if I see fish falling from the sky.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
@Beestring Me too!
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@GardenGerty (158076)
• United States
8 Apr
Wow. I remember how fun it was to catch tadpoles in ditches when I was a kid. I bet those kids are having a blast.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
It would be very exciting for the little kids.
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@BarBaraPrz (45756)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Apr
I thought it was manna that fell from the heavens...
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
Manna .... And maybe cats and dogs?
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@besweet (9860)
• Ireland
7 Apr
It's really interesting, I have never heard of this! I thought your title was just figurative before opening the discussion.
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@besweet (9860)
• Ireland
8 Apr
@JudyEv Yes that's true!
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
Well, we do talk about raining cats and dogs, don't we?
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@RebeccasFarm (87022)
• United States
7 Apr
This is fascinating Judy..it has happened here too but not sure what kind of fish it was..but I do recall them..raining down somewhere.
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• United States
7 Apr
@JudyEv Wouldn't it? And the poor ol buggers too.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
I have an idea it might have rained frogs somewhere once too. Wouldn't it seem strange to have fish/frogs raining down on you. I've heard of it raining cats and dogs too but I think that is just a figure of speech.
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@LeaPea2417 (36651)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Apr
I never knew that about fish raining down.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
I don't think you would hear about it very often.
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@RasmaSandra (74496)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Apr
First time I hear about such a thing, Can the fish be gathered and eaten?
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
I think they could but they were very small so people probably didn't bother.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
7 Apr
This didn't make the news here, but Sydney's flooding and dam over spill did!
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
It's just amazing the flooding that is occurring that side of our country and the West has been told to expect no significant rain till June. Many of our friends on small acreages are running out of water.
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@Ronrybs (17951)
• London, England
7 Apr
@JudyEv Similar here. We've had our wettest winter in ages and there is already talk of a hose pipe ban. Our water management is awful!
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@MarieCoyle (29940)
7 Apr
I have heard of this. You’re right, nature is wonderful, and rather strange at times!
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
She does some very odd things sometimes.
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@MarieCoyle (29940)
7 Apr
@JudyEv I know often when I see tornado damage in my area, a tornado will move something huge and very heavy, but leave something like a child’s bicycle in the same exact place it was. So very strange!
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@snowy22315 (171773)
• United States
7 Apr
I have heard of it raining fish before.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
It happens from time to time it seems.
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@Shavkat (137321)
• Philippines
7 Apr
It sounds interesting. A few days ago, we had heavy rain, and ice kept falling at that time.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
Hail and falling ice can do a lot of damage.
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@jstory07 (135484)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Apr
That is something that I would like to see. I would take them home and eat them.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
I think they are quite small but if you managed to catch a few they might be worth eating.
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@innertalks (21234)
• Australia
9 Apr
It does not sound too wonderful for the fish, though, as they could fall anywhere within a large distance, and I am sure that not all of them would survive such an experience.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
9 Apr
I doubt that any would survive; not the ones coming down as rain anyhow. The ones in the flooding groundwater would have a better chance.
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@LindaOHio (159788)
• United States
7 Apr
I've heard of this. I think Nature is amazing. Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Apr
It would be strange to see it happening.
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
7 Apr
poor fish but good for people who catch them
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
8 Apr
I think they would have been too small for people to bother with eating them.
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
8 Apr
@JudyEv that is too bad
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