Philly fish fall: Catfish from above slightly injures woman

Lisa Lobree told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she was walking near the art museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the morning of September 5th when she heard a rustling in the trees above and 16 inch long catfish fell on her head cutting her face.

philadelphia-eagles-logoThe headline was “Woman says catfish fell from sky, striking her near Art Museum” which suggests that this was a mysterious event. It’s weird but quite non-mysterious. A bird had caught the fish, and it slipped out of its grasp. The museum is adjacent to the Schuylkill River which undoubtable contains catfish. Ms. Lobree was standing in the unfortunate spot to get the full-on impact of the fish that may have weighed 5 lbs. It could have been worse, she said. Probably not much worse for the unfortunate fish though.

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-2-47-18-pmHad this been a desert area, a falling fish would have been of a greater unlikelihood but fish-catching birds transporting their catches to a quiet spot is frequent around rivers. The size of the fish indicates it was a tough carry, perhaps too much for even the raptors, including eagles, around the area. Wait for someone to remark on this event as an omen for the upcoming football season.

Single fish that seemingly fall out of nowhere can be reasonably attributed to birds losing their lunch but mystery mongering sites may prefer to supply a less rational explanation.

Thanks to Chip Denman for the tip: “One more thing to worry about…”

  4 comments for “Philly fish fall: Catfish from above slightly injures woman

  1. Perry
    September 12, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    The following headline was in the Guardian email newsletter I got this morning. I didn’t bother to read the article, because there is always a natural explanation for these kinds of events, whether fish, birds or reptiles, etc.

    “Dozens of birds fall from sky in Boston, dead from unknown cause”

  2. September 12, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Nasty thing, Gravity.

  3. Tantric Ted
    September 12, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Thousands of fish, frogs, and other marine animals have been deposited in some of the most unusual places. Typhoons (we call them hurricanes) can create massive up drafts over warm ocean waters and literally suck marine life into high altitudes where the winds are so strong they remain suspended only to later be deposited miles over land.

  4. September 13, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Actually, that’s never had good supporting evidence. Lots of stories and speculation, though. This is one fish, it clearly has a prosaic explanation.

    More fish fall stories:

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