Updated 04:19 AM EDT, Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Is It Raining Vampire Fish in Alaska? Officials Present Theory

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Most of us have already had enough of those copious vampire tales, not to mention their soppy love stories. But it doesn't mean they're going to stop raining down on us.

This time, reports have surfaced about hideous, eel-like creatures, referred to as "vampire fish" by some, found at random places around town in Fairbanks, Alaska, Yahoo News cited. And to make the story more horrifying, these vampire fish are literally falling from the sky.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), in Fairbanks, also confirmed getting calls about the bizarre creatures, after being found by local residents in different locations such as a parking lot and a lawn.

These so-called vampire fishes are actually Arctic lampreys, and they have been breeding and living in the Chena River. These creatures prefer thriving in the mud at the bottom of aquatic regions during their early years. They are usually a rare sight, even for the locals, because they are hard to catch.

The ADF&G offered their take on how these lampreys were able to make it on land. "The answer is probably gulls. Gulls are picking them out of the Chena River with their bills and then dropping the squirming critters while in flight," they wrote on their Facebook page.

One of the Facebook commenters said that she, indeed, saw one seagull with a lamprey in its mouth, scrambling to fly off with it. This corroborates the theory provided by the ADF&G.

The theory was also attested by Nancy Sisinyak, ADF&G's Sportfish Information Officer, who said that there's always a good chance fish are able to wiggle themselves free from the clutch of their bird predators. Arctic lampreys are no exception because they are "pretty long and skinny a tubular," she told The Daily Beast.

The lampreys could grow to up to 15 inches in length and could prove to be too cumbersome and slimy for ordinary seagulls.

Sisinyak also mentioned that she has not heard of humans getting bitten by the vampire fish throughout her years of work. The local residents have nothing to worry, as they are considered harmless to people.

The ADF&G is also asking the locals to report to them whenever they find one. There are still a lot of things to know about vampire fishes in the area. For those who would want to see one, Yahoo News offers a handy piece of advice: never forget to bring umbrella during the spawning season.

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