28/09/2017 07:55 SAST | Updated 28/09/2017 08:00 SAST

Fish Are Literally Raining From The Sky In Mexico

It's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times

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Civil defence officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

Tamaulipas civil defence said in a brief statement that rain on Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish.

Photos posted on the agency's Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

According the US Library of Congress, it's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times.

Scientists believe that tornadoes over water - known as waterspouts - could be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around until being released to the ground.