It’s the classic Fortean phenomena – fish falling from the sky. On May 16th, it reportedly happened in Oroville, California, at the Stanford Avenue Elementary School. We came out here and all the sudden the kids start yelling really loud, ‘look at this’. Campus Supervisor Liz Barber-Gabriel had no idea recess would include fish that weren’t in the cafeteria. She apparently was the first person to see the fish covering the playground and other areas around the school building. However, it appears neither she nor anyone else actually saw the fish fall from the sky. Wherever they came from, they were also on the roof, as a custodian sent bravely to investigate found out. As expected in these times, the first thought was terrorism or some sort of sick prank, said Principal Shannon Capshew. My first concern was who was on the campus that we don’t know about … But the campus supervisors didn’t see any adult, the custodians didn’t see anything odd, so we kind of ruled that one out. Oroville is in Butte County, California, and borders the Feather River and Lake Oroville recreation areas, so the next logical explanation is that the fish were brought to this school from their school in one of those bodies of water by … well, the usual explanations for fish rains are strong winds, storms with waterspouts or fish-eating birds that dropped their prey. A representative from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife examined the small fish and determined that they were carp, which don’t live in the Feather River or Lake Oroville. Even if they did, a local TV meteorologist pointed out that there were no storms or any other unusual weather that morning. No one saw any birds flying over and it doesn’t appear that the fish were clawed or half-eaten. Next guess?
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