“fish falling from the sky” ‘Pag-ulan’ ng isda

Ikinagulat ng mga residente sa bayan ng Loreto Agusan del Sur nang masaksihan nila ang biglaang pagkahulog ng mga isda mula sa ulap noong Biyernes ng umaga.

Hindi makapaniwala si Loreto Vice Mayor Jorge Legaspi sa naganap na “pag-ulan ng isda.”

Aniya, “Dili ko halos katoo sa maong hitabo tungod kay halos 25 na ko katuig nanimuyo sa maong lungsod karon pa lamang nahitabo nga miulan ug isda.”

(Hindi ako makapaniwala sa nangyari dahil sa loob ng 25 na taon kong paninirahan dito ssa Loreto, ngayon pa lamang nangyari itong pag-ulan ng isda.)

Sa pagsusuri ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ng Department of Agriculture, mayroong laki na tatlong pulgada mga isdang nahulog. Kulay dilaw ang balat nito na may itim na batik-batik.

Kasalakuyan pang pinag-aaralan ng BFAR ang mga isda upang matukoy kung anong klase ito; inilagay muna sa isang aquarium ang 72 piraso ng isda na kanilang nakuha mula sa mga bubungan ng mga bahay doon, at pinaniniwalaang kasama ang mga ito sa malakas na pagbuhos ng ulan. [Tingnan din sa: It's raining fish! It's natural]

Hindi pa matukoy kung ano ang naging sanhi sa biglaang pag-ulan ng mga isda ngunit ayon sa BFAR, maaaring may kinalaman ang malakas na pag-ulan sa naturang pangyayari.

Sa hiwalay na ulat ng Bombo Radyo, ipinaliwanag ni Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-Butuan Chief Engr. Lolit Binalay na ang pagkabuo ng isang waterspout dahil sa active formation ng cumulonimbus clouds, ang maaaring dahilan sa pag-ulan ng mga isda.

Ayon sa ulat, may kakayahang humigop ang isang waterspout ng mga particle, kabilang na ang isda, mula sa karagatan.

May nangyari rin umanong pag-ulan ng isda sa Lake Mainit sa Agusan del Norte ilang taon nang nakalilipas, ayon kay Binalay.

Sa isang radio report, inihayag ni BFAR Director Asis Perez na sa kanilang paunang pag-aaral, lumalabas na dalag o mudfish ang naturang mga isda.

Samantala, sa hiwalay na panayam ng Bombo Radyo kay C/Insp. Wilson Corpuz ng Loreto police office, sinabi niyan ikinagulat ng mga residente ang pag-ulan ng isda sapagkat malayo umano ang dagat at ilog sa kanilang lugar.The story on “fish falling from the sky” in Agusan del Sur was generally met with disbelief across social networking sites. Some Facebook users, however, offered possible explanations – ranging from logical to supernatural.

Some said the fish might have fallen from a passing aircraft. Yet some believed the incident was a sign that the world is coming to an end.

But fish falling from the sky is not supernatural nor is it doomsday’s beckoning. It actually has a name: Lluvia de Peces.

Residents of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur experienced this phenomenon Friday morning when dozens of 3-inch-long mudfish rained on them. PAGASA-Butuan Chief Engr. Lolit Binalay told Bombo Radyo a similar incident had happened in Lake Mainit in Agusan del Norte a few years back.

The same thing happened to a village in Powys, Wales in 2004 and to Folsom, California in 2006, among reported others.

How does it happen? Whirlwinds over water develop into waterspouts and become a swirling force that can suck in almost anything of the water’s content: fish, eels, and even frogs.

According to American scientist Nilton Renno, fish can “fly” into the sky along with the waterspout. He told Scienceline.org that “even if the waterspout stops spinning, the fish in the cloud can be carried over land, buffeted up and down and around.”

Loreto residents said they were surprised by the phenomenon because the sea and the river are far from their place. But according to Renno, fish can “swim” in the clouds and reach places until the wind can no longer support its flight, and that’s when they come down.

The fish are sometimes taken so high into the atmosphere that they land dead.

Seventy-two of the fish that fell on Agusan del Sur survived the “journey” and have been placed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources personnel in an aquarium for experts to study.

The Philippines may not hear of it often as it is an uncommon phenomenon. But ‘fish rains’ have been reported for centuries.

According to a BBC report, “fish are the most common thing to have rained down on you – other than rain itself, of course.” People have heard of frogs, tomatoes, and lumps of coals falling from the sky in few bizarre instances.

Weather has been inclement in Agusan del Sur since the past week, marked with a downpour on Friday that BFAR believes may have triggered the formation of a waterspout.

Click here to watch a short documentary by the BBC – fish fly into the sky but “what goes up must come down.” — LBG, GMA News

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