Small fish, believed to be fingerlings of “dalag” or mudfish, fell from the sky amid heavy rain in Loreto, Agusan del Sur, on Friday, authorities said.

“Sumabay sa ulan, it’s about a kilo of live fish. Nasa aquarium na ngayon,” Blanche Gobenciong, Office of Civil Defense-Caraga director, said.

The phenomenon happened in Brgy. Poblacion on Friday afternoon while Loreto was experiencing a downpour.

Local authorities were then on guard against floods and landslides, but were caught “unprepared” for the falling fish.

“Malakas ‘yung ulan doon for a few days na so the area is on alert, pero surprising talaga ‘yung pagbagsak ng isda, first time itong nakita doon sa lugar,” Gobenciong said.

Lieutenant Col. Neil Patricio, commander of the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion based in Talacogon, said even he was surprised when militiamen in the area reported the phenomenon.

“About three inches ‘yung haba (ng mga isda), parang fingerlings ng dalag… may mga nahulog pa nga sa bubong ng bahay,” Patricio said, citing a report from a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) based in Loreto.

Patricio expressed belief that the phenomenon was caused by a “water spout” that may have occurred at the nearby Agusan Marsh.

“Ang most probable explanation nito, hinigop ng ipo-ipo ‘yung tubig sa Agusan Marsh, nakasama ‘yung mga isda, tapos itinapon doon sa kabahayan,” the military official said.

The Agusan Marsh, considered as one of the country’s most “ecologically significant” wetlands, is a known habitat of mudfish or dalag, Patricio said. (John Roson)

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