It's raining octopus! Sea creatures fall from the sky after being 'sucked from the ocean by a waterspout and carried into coastal city' during powerful storm in China
Incredible photos have emerged from China that show octopus and other sea creatures raining from the sky after being sucked out of the ocean by a violent storm.
The images were taken in the coastal city of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province on Wednesday.
Although the images may seem unlikely, fish can be sucked from the sea by tornado-strength winds which form a waterspout. The animals sucked up with the water can be deposited hundreds of yards or even miles away after being released by the wind.
Recent examples of the phenomenon include a 2017 incident in Mexico in when fish rained from the sky in the town of Tampico, and a downpour of fish in the town of Kerala, India in 2008.
The Chinese Meteorological Administration, China's national weather agency, confirmed there had been a number of sea creatures blown onto the land by a waterspout.
What weather phenomenon could have made it rain octopus in China?
This strange weather incident is believed to occur after tornadoes over water - called waterspouts - suck fish or other animals into the air.
这种奇怪的天气事件被认为是在龙卷风吹过水之后发生的 - 称为龙卷风 - 将鱼或其他动物吸入空中。
They are blown around until windspeeds slow enough to release them to the ground.
The phenomenon has been reported since ancient times, also involving other flightless animals like toads and frogs.
In May of this year, Oroville, a city in northern California experienced rains with dozens of carp.
There is a long history of strange animals raining from the sky, with these strange occurrences among the most notable:
1st Century: Pliny The Elder wrote about storms of frogs and fish
1794: French soldiers stationed in Lalain, near Lille, reported toads falling from the sky during heavy rain.
1876: A woman in Kentucky reported meat flakes raining from the sky. Tests found the meat was venison.
1974: A rain of spiders falls on the Australian town of Goulburn.
1976: In San Luis Opisbo in California, blackbirds and pigeons rained from the sky for two days.
2008: A mysterious rain of fish falls on a village in Kerala, India
'Seafood rain' became a trending topic on social media after images were shared widely online.
According to the city's meteorological service, the hurricane-force wind speeds generated during the storm set a new all-time record for June.
The hellish winds, which were accompanied by hail, caused widespread destruction throughout the city - which was also caught on camera.
地狱般的风，伴随着冰雹，在整个城市造成了广泛的破坏 - 这也被相机记录下来。
The Chinese Meteorological Administration, China's national weather agency, re-posted the images online and confirmed there had been a number of sea creatures blown ashore by the storm.
The local forecasters refused to confirm whether the photos were real, however, after a number of fake images were circulated online in the wake of the storm appearing to show robots and monsters posing next to the damage.
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He'd like to be under the sea in an Octopus's Garden in the shade & not flying through China
You mug reporter.. That's sooooo fake! Look at it!
It's China, no further explanation needed.
Horrible and graphic....poor little animals
See? A Sharknado is really possible. Earlier this week it must have been raining cats and dogs because there were poodles in the street.
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That octopus one is pretty amazing even if it is photoshop!
Nothing was wasted, all was eaten within ten minutes. #chineseEatEverything
Starfish only fly at night! :p
that octopus pic is fake
This is what nightmares are made of.
Grab your pots and pans, run outside and hope you get lucky!
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Anyone who has ever heard of, or had the absolute pleasure of watching, the many Sharknado films are rolling on the floor laughing. I know I am!
They just thought it was their local fish delivery.
Nothing was spared...they were all eaten!
Fresher than uber eats.
I would really love to know what those sea animals thought of the dry world!! "Is this heaven?!!! It's so polluted!!"
So fake. Not funny images. Remember years ago at the check out counter? All the alien stuff from the rag papers? Same here.
The octopus falling from the sky, that's so weird & scary. But I guess if you like seafood it's a free lunch
Given their lack of dietary choices and preference their food to be alive while they eat it, this mess will be cleaned up in no time.
Any sea creature that falls from the sky and hits the ground in China will be instant Wok food.
"hurricane-force wind speeds generated during the storm set a new all-time record for June" = and that speed was ?. The article was soooo close to being complete. ;-)
A few years back in Spain people kept throwing big snowballs from their freezers onto the road and called the media. The media kept reporting these mysterious snowballs like it was a serious story, while everyone else snickered.
I lived in a small town in Illinois on the Mississippi river. We had a tornado come across the river that sucked a huge school of shad up and then deposited them on us when it hit the bluff on the Illinois side. Our yards were covered with the little fish. They smelled like hell for a few days but we later enjoyed the greenest, lushest lawns you could ever imagine.
I've heard that if you throw a bomb in the tornado just the right way it can totally stop the tornado in it's tracks.
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Better than raining cats and dogs
Free dinner. Probably all out with the pots ready
Sushi from the sky.
Over here over there
No complaints I suppose... they eat anything and would have been in the hot pot within minutes
China is like Mars
这个新闻给'it's raining cats and dogs'增加了新的含义！