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Australian family baffled as it 'rained fish' amid drought

By Daniel Uria   |   March 11, 2016 at 11:24 AM

WINTON, Australia, March 11 (UPI) -- A family in Australia were excited to see the end of a drought in the area, but got more than they bargained for when fish began falling from the sky.

Tahnee Oakhill shared video of the phenomenon to her Facebook page as her daughter excitedly placed the tiny fish into a nearby puddle.

"The kids got a good little catch today - 5 or so," Oakhill wrote in a comment. "It was pretty surreal watching them walk around on a once droughted property in the guts of the [Queensland] bush and scoop living fish out of mud puddles on the dirt road."

The Oakhill's Winton property had received about three inches of rain prior to the appearance of the fish.

"It's pretty crazy, getting that much rain was pretty shocking and then that happening after that...it's been a weird week," Oakhill told ABC News.

As for the fish, Ecologist Dr. Peter Unmack said the spangled perch which are "pretty much everywhere" in central Australia likely did not fall from the sky.

He explained that the tiny fish can quickly travel long distances in small amounts of water, but added that this tendency did allow a small possibility for them to get caught in rainclouds.

"The other key point is if you did get massive updrafts of water and fish that got carried up into the clouds, everything up there is frozen because it's too cold," he said. "So it is theoretically possible, but it's difficult to see many situations where fish get picked up by strong winds and can survive."

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