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Gippsland Lakes, The Lakes with glowing water

Gippsland, a beautiful rural block in southeast of Victoria, Australia is famous for many beautiful  and Breathtaking places and tourist attractions but most amazing of them is Gippsland Lake System having a Unique biological Phenomenon and at night the water has been given the blue glow because of this phenomenon.

About Gippsland Lakes:
Gippsland Lakes are a Lakes system having three magnificent lakes, some marshes and lagoons in
Victoria. Wellington, King and Victoria are the largest lakes of the system taking water by many
rivers. Its beach is called as Ninety Mile Beach because its about ninety miles. There are many small
Islands in the Lakes, one of them is Rotamah Island that is famous for amazingly beautiful variety of
birds. The Lakes are a relaxing and peaceful place for camping.

What happened with Lakes:

 

These mysterious glowing lights from the sea water were first noticed at the end of 2006 after a large area of alpine forest got fire leaving nitrogen-rich ash and dust behind. Within a couple of months after this bush-fire, more than a 100 millimeters of rainfall occurred on several parts of Gippsland and as a result all the nitrogen-rich nutrients flushed into the Gippsland Lakes. Due to this whole process, the Lakes experienced Bioluminescence.

 

What is Bioluminescence:

Bioluminescence is a rare phenomenon, in which a living organism “hybrid word” emits and produces light from its body in a result of a chemical reaction. These organisms produce two different chemicals, i-e luciferase and luciferin. The reaction of Luciferin with Oxygen results in production of light while luciferace helps them to speedup this chemical reaction. There are many other creatures who produce light in same phenomenon, fireflies are one of them.

If anyone of you have ever been to this amazing Lakes system, do share your experience with us.

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Fish rain in Australia

fish rain

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It’s raining Cats and Dogs is an English idiom used to describe heavy rain but have you ever thought if it could really rain animals along with water. You must be wondering if one has lost their mind, but yes it has rained with animals dropping down along with the water. This has happened not just once but many times.

February 25th and 26th, 2010, the locals of Lajamanu, The Northern Territory of Australia, witnessed this amazing fish rain. It was an astonishing incident for the people of Lajamanu. Surprisingly it was recorded as the third such event at Lajamanu in last 30 years.

February 28th 2010, a night between Thursday and Friday, Central Australia and the top end of Australia was hit by torrential rains. This amazing event not happened once but twice that night.
According to an eye witness of this most unusual of rain occurences, “hundreds and hundreds of small white fish had fallen from sky. They fell from the sky everywhere and most of the fish were alive when they hit the ground”.   The witness  also took some photograph of the fish on the ground and in a bucket as they were collected. Some of them were frozen too.  It is cold up there in the upper atmosphere!
The people of Lajamanu are still thankful to God for not raining the crocodiles from sky.

Some facts about Lajamanu:

  • Lajamanu is a small town, situated on an edge of the Tanami Desert and is hundreds of kilometers away from the nearer lakes and coast.
  • It is located close to the center of Australia.

Some facts about Animal Raining:

Raining animals is a rare and unique meteorological phenomenon in which different kinds of animals rain from the sky. According to some scientific reports it may happen when strong winds or tornadoes pick up fish or frogs and carry them for several miles but it has been rarely witnessed.

Given below are some examples of such events:

  • Rain Fish at Singapore, on February 22, 1861
  • Rain of Frogs and Toads at Rákóczifalva, Hungary, on 18–20 June 2010 (rained twice)
  • Rain of Jellyfish at Bath, England, in 1894
  • Rain of Spiders at Salta Province, Argentina, on April 6, 2007

If similar incidents have had happened in your city or country, please do share it with us.

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