SENDAI (Kyodo) Adding to the growing mystery over random sightings of dead tadpoles, a woman in Miyagi Prefecture has seen them falling from the sky, local officials and residents said Wednesday.

Haruko Kikkawa, 74, of Taiwa saw about 50 tadpoles falling from the sky onto the roof and garden of her house around 5 p.m. Monday when she looked outside after hearing something hitting the ground, they said.

All the tadpoles were dead when Kikkawa saw them. The incident was reported Tuesday to the town office by a local district chief.

Since more than 100 dead tadpoles were mysteriously found earlier this month in Ishikawa Prefecture, followed by similar finds in Shizuoka, Hiroshima and Iwate prefectures, speculation has grown that they might have fallen from the sky after being sucked up by waterspouts or carried by birds.

What appeared to be more than 20 dead tadpoles and small fish were also found Tuesday in Saitama Prefecture, local officials said Wednesday.

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