It’s Raining Tadpoles? Fish, Frogs Shower Japanese Residents

By Allison Bond | June 17, 2009 1:05 pm

umbrellaShowers (as in, actual showers) of dead tadpoles, fish and even frogs have confused scientists, meteorologists, and officials in central Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture, located on the Japan Sea Coast. One resident found 13 dead carp, each around 3 inches long, on and around his car. Another reported hearing a strange noise in a nearby parking lot, then found 100 tadpoles covering cars in the lot.

Various objects and animals do occasionally fall from the sky: It’s called “Fafrotskies,” short for “fall from the skies.” These events generally occur when water spouts, storms, and strong winds suck objects from bodies of water and deposit them on land. But because there had been no reports of strong wind, many officials and meteorologists say this explanation can’t explain the torrent of tadpoles.

An alternative explanation is that birds who eat tadpoles and fish carried the animals in their mouths, then dropped them while flying. Still, some bird experts say that if this had happen, the tadpole carnage would have covered a more sizable area.

But what if a bird dropped everything in its mouth, all at once? That could cause a concentrated shower of tadpoles. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Japan just started its annual rainy season. We hope they figure this one out soon, because if there’s anything worse than getting caught in a downpour, it’s being pelted by dead tadpoles and fish.

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Image: flickr / eclaire

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