In an episode of 'Only in the Northern Territory', Outback rain has dumped live fish on residents in a small community on the edge of the Tanami Desert.
Residents of Lajamanu said the freak scaly phenomenon occurred during a heavy storm, when fish suddenly started to "rain from the sky".
"We've seen a big storm heading into my community and we thought it was just rain," Central Desert councillor Andrew Johnson Japanangka told the media.
"But it wasn't just rain - it was water and fish coming across our community.
"When the rain started falling, we saw fish falling as well.
"It was the most amazing thing we've ever seen.
"There were many fish, too many," he said.
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The councillor said it wasn't the first time residents in Lajamanu, 560km from Katherine, had witnessed the strange event.
"This is not the first time this happened ... it happened a few times."
Reports show fish fell from the sky in Lajamanu in 2010 and 2004, in a phenomenon caused by strong updrafts over rivers and lakes, according to weather boffins.
The fish, which were the "size of two fingers" are believed to be freshwater spangled perch - dropped from the Outback sky possibly hundreds of kilometres away from their habitat.
Katherine bestseller author Toni Tapp Coutts remembers a similar phenomenon from her childhood at Killarney Station in the Victoria Daly region of the Northern Territory.
"One wet season we headed out for a rain dance," she wrote in her book "My Outback Childhood".
"We jumped, squealed and slid in the mud, throwing mud balls at each other - and there were thousands of little silver fish, no more than an inch long, flapping all over the ground.
"We ran around, picking them up by the handful.
"We raced home, fists and knickers full of fish."
Mrs Tapp Coutts said she remembers thousands of fish "flapping on the red ground and in mud puddles".
"The fish phenomenon occurred a number of times - and to this day it is not an unusual occurrence in the Victoria River Region.
"It seems that, through a quirk of nature, the fish hatchlings can be swept up in a wind squall over a river and dumped hundreds of kilometres away by rain."
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