Raining frogs

Residents in a small coastal town in Japan have reported tadpoles dropping out of the sky during the start of this year’s rainy season.

An office clerk in Nanao said he first noticed it when he heard a dull thud in a car park earlier this month and saw around 100 dead amphibians on car windscreen and on the ground.

“People speculate that a waterspout picked them up and dropped them from the air,” said an official at a local weather observatory.

He added: “But from a meteorological point of view, I have to say it is most unlikely.”

Similar events have been reported around the world, with whirlwinds passing over water bodies and picking up frogs, jellyfish or other animals before dropping them back to earth.