Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Hmmm, are we on plague #2?

Residents and scientists in Japan have been baffled after it started raining tadpoles.

Tadpoles /PA pics

Clouds of dead tadpoles appear to have fallen from the sky in a number of cities in Ishikawa Prefecture since the start of the month, reports the Daily Telegraph.

In one incident, a 55-year-old man who was caught in a tadpole downpour described hearing a strange sound in the city of Nanao.

Upon further exploration, he found more than 100 dead tadpoles covering the windscreens of cars in a civic centre car park.

Dead tadpole downpours were also reported by local officials 48 hours later in the city of Hakusan.

The raining down of small creatures such as frogs and fish is a rare meteorological phenomenon that is reported from time to time across the world.

Scientists have widely attributed the surreal raining of animals to strong winds, storms and water sprouts sucking up creatures before depositing them further inland.

However, this explanation has not satisfied meteorologists in the Ishikawa region.

Officials at Kanazawa Local Meteorological Observatory told local media that they were unsure how the tadpoles had arrived as there had been no reports of strong winds.


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