Man finds 75 fish in his back garden


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A man from Aberdeenshire was shocked to find that dozens of small fish had apparently fallen from the sky into his garden — and just how they got there, so far remains a mystery. 

One theory is that the 75 or so 5cm/2in fish, which are probably sand eels, may have been lifted from the sea by a waterspout - similar in appearance to a tornado - during the recent stormy weather.

Kevin Bain who lives in Banff, around 500m from the sea, is hoping someone will be able to explain where the fish might have come from. He told BBC Scotland that he thought it unlikely that they had been dropped by birds because there were just too many of them.