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Arctic lamprey fish fell from the sky in the Alaskan town of Fairbank. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Vampire fish raining on Alaskan town mystifies locals

5 January 22


An Alaskan town has been baffled as to why eel-like vampire fish have begun falling from the sky. 

People in the town of Fairbanks have found four of the lamprey fish in strange locations that were far from water, according to the Alaska Department of Fishing and Game. 

One was found in the carpark outside a shopping centre and another was found on someone's lawn. 

"Two gentleman came in and asked if we have a bucket with water because there's an eel in your parking lot," store manager Sue Valdrow told ABC15. 

Only one of the four 30cm-long Arctic lampreys was found alive and it is believed gulls might have carried them from Chena River where they spawn. 

"The answer is probably gulls," says the fisheries department.

"Gulls are picking them out of the Chena River with their bills and then dropping the squirming critters while in flight." 

There is little known about terrifying fish that latches onto other species and feeds off them like a vampire. 

Alaska Department of Fishing and Game asked residents to call in others if they are found. 

The Great Lakes and other waters on the Atlantic seaboard are infested with sea lampreys, but the Arctic lamprey is said to be native to Alaska. 

 - SOURCE: 9 NEWS

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