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