- Teacher Karstein Erstad found thousands of live worms on top of the snow
- There have been reports of worm rainfall in Norway following his report
- Mr Erstad says the ‘very rare phenomenon’ happened in Sweden in 1920s
Thousands of live earthworms have been falling from the sky in Norway – a rare phenomenon being reported across large swathes of the south of the country. A biology teacher discovered the worms on the surface of the snow while he was skiing in the mountains near Bergen at the weekend. Numerous reports have been coming in after he told his story, and there have been sightings of worm rainfall.
Teacher Karstein Erstad told Norwegian news website The Local: ‘When I found them on the snow they seemed to be dead, but when I put them in my hand I found that they were alive.’ Initially he thought they had wiggled their way through the snow, but dismissed this when he realized it was up to a meter deep in some places.
Following Mr Erstad’s discovery on Sunday, there have been similar reports in southern Norway and sightings of worm rainfall in Lindås and Suldal near Bergen, and also hundreds of miles away in Femunden. The biology teacher told The Local: ‘It’s a very rare phenomenon.
‘It’s difficult to say how many times it happens, but it has only been reported a very few times.’