Strangest Earth phenomena you don’t want to get caught in without being prepared

 Many of us live in relatively stable environments, The sun rises in the morning, and sets at night. You go to work, grab a bite to eat, and go for a bike ride in between. You would not expect frogs to start falling from the sky, would you? Yet these places on earth do exist and you would not want to get caught in the middle of these strange phenomena. 

Rain of animals

We have all been caught in the rain before, but this strange phenomenon completely redefines the meaning of getting caught in a storm. 

There is a strange and rare meteorological phenomenon where flightless animals fall from the sky. 

There have been reports in many countries such as Canada, the U.S., India, Brazil, Hungary, Australia China just to name a few where animals such as spiders, fish, frogs and toads, jellyfish, worms,  octopi, seashells, and starfish fell from the sky. 

The most likely explanation is that the animals all got caught in either some sort of deluge, storm, or strong wind and got carried away, landing in places where they do not belong. 

Maelstroms

Now here is a terrifying sight for the fishermen or sailboat who gets caught off guard. A Maelstrom is a giant whirlpool that could suck in a human being and even a small boat.  The strongest maelstrom ever recorded is located close to the Arctic Circle. It is known as the maelstrom of  Saltstraumen. It reaches speeds of 40km per hour and is at it’s strongest during the full and new moon when the world’s strongest tide occurs in the same location. 

There are many recorded maelstroms and whirlpools in places such as Scotland, Norway, Canada, Unites-States, South-Africa, and Japan so you better watch out where you take that sailboat for a ride. 

The storm that never stops

In Venezuela, right over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into the famous lake of Maracaibo, there is a massive lightning storm that occurs from 140 to 160 nights a year. It lasts for about ten hours a day and lightning may strike up to 280 times per hour. It is speculated that this mega-storm is the result of strong winds blowing across the lake and the swampy plains that surround the area. 

Red crab migration of Christmas Island

Christmas Island, also officially known as the territory of Christmas Island, is located on the outskirts of Australia. Every year, the locals witness a wave of millions of red crabs emerge from the forest and migrate to the sea to lay their eggs. 

These Crabs are large, with their carapace measuring 116 millimeters, or 4.6 inches wide. Should they lose a limb during their perilous travel, it will regrow itself. 

Certain roads will be closed down during this time, to minimize human crab unwanted interaction and essentially, to protect the crabs. There are also public announcements and notice boards that inform the public of the crab activity. 

Fields of spider webs

Imagine taking a stroll in the park or forest only to look up and seeing millions of spiders floating above your head. This is a phenomenon that has occurred around the world and it happens when a group of spiders decides to build their webs in the same area. 

This phenomenon is called a communal spider web. 

Massive flooding will sometimes cause this phenomenon as the spiders are forced to seek high ground resulting in trees being completely covered. The monsoon of 2010 in Pakistan is such an example of this natural phenomenon. 

In 2007, a massive web was reported in Texas measuring 200 yards (180 meters). 

In Brazil there are recorded instances of communal webs that cover such wide gaps with strings almost invisible to the naked eye, giving the impression that the spiders are floating in the air above your head. No thank you. 

Snake Island Brazil

Off the coast of Brazil, in the Atlantic Ocean lies a little island, only 43 hectares long where the water is very clear and the climate temperate.   As lovely as it may sound to enjoy a little vacation away from civilization, setting a foot on it is a very risky business. In fact, it is forbidden. Only a select few scientists and the Brazilian Navy are allowed to go near the island. This is because it is entirely and completely covered in snakes. Specifically, the poisonous Bothrops insularis also known as the golden lancehead pit viper. It is estimated that there is a snake per square meter. There are limited food sources on the island, therefore these snakes are very alert and ready to fiercely compete against each other for food. 

The old Viking town where the sun doesn’t rise

In a place called Tromso in Norway, there is a phenomenon that occurs between November 21st to January 21st. In this phenomenon, the sun doesn’t rise. The entire area is covered in darkness for three months. The return of the sun is quite the occasion to celebrate. This period is marked as the day of the sun. 

This phenomenon is known as the Polar night. It is when nighttime lasts more than 24 hours. This occurs in the most Northern and southern regions of the earth and only occurs within the polar circles. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_of_animals

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Raining_animals

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catatumbo_lightning

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_web#cite_note-rainingspidersmith-30

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bothrops_insularis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_night

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