TEXARKANA – An Australian writer is researching information on the fish shower phenomenon that occurred here on December 29.
Paul Cropper of Sydney learned of the fish fall in Texarkana through a friend in Texas who sent him the Gazette story online.
“He knew I was interested because we had corresponded about the fish rains in Fulshear, Texas in 2018. I have been writing about strange phenomena since the 1970s, but the fish rains are of particular interest to me, and I’ve done a few articles on them. I just think they’re an amazing natural mystery, “Cropper said.
âWhat’s great about the fall of Texarkana is that there were so many reports over such a huge area with so many photos and videos. I started plotting them on a map,â he said. -he declares.
Cropper has written about similar fish falls in Australia and abroad.
“It’s a real mystery,” he said. “Fish rains have been recorded for hundreds of years, but there is still no clear evidence as to the causes of the phenomenon, only theories. Some claim that the fish are collected from waterspouts from nearby lakes. Others suggest that flocks of water birds throw fish they ate in an effort to avoid the worst of the storm.
“Both theories have been put forward to explain the Texarkana event, but I think more data is needed, and I hope the people of Texarkana can help me with this.”
In the Fulshear, Texas incident in January 2018, small shads were found in an area of ââabout three-quarters of a mile by half a mile.
âIt seems pretty clear that Texarkana’s fall was much bigger than Fulshear’s. Fish seem to have fallen all over town, from high school in Texas to the regional airport and south of Tiger Stadium,â Cropper said.
Cropper would like to hear from residents who may have had fish spills in their home or business.
âI hope the fall may have been captured by a home or business security camera or dash cam. I would also like to receive any images or videos of the fish. If anyone kept some in his freezer, that’s fine too, as there are scientists at the University of Texas who are eager to examine specimens. With all of this evidence, we might have a chance to solve this incredible mystery of the nature. “
At least four places in the city have reported a free fall of fish during or following two storms that blew on the afternoon of December 29.
Among the places that were bombarded with fish were Discount Wheel & Tire and Tiger Stadium, both on Summerhill Road on the Texas side of town.
Arkansas resident Melissa Curry was the first to call the Gazette to report the bizarre event. She and her husband were leaving their home on Wednesday afternoon when they discovered as many as two dozen small fish strewn across the backyard and side yard of their Victorian home.
âThere was every 20 fish piece here,â Curry said. “We were flabbergasted.”
Gary Chatelian, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, La., Said it was rare for fish to fall from the sky, but it did happen.
The fish can be picked up in a waterspout or tornado winds, he said.
âThey are picked up by the wind and come down like any debrisâ¦ They could have come from anywhere. And anything that goes up must come down,â he said.
(Anyone interested in sharing photos or videos with Cropper can email them at [emailÂ protected])