Sharknado took the social media world by storm when it premiered on SyFy on July 11. The made-for-television movie involves a tornado picking sharks out of the ocean and dropping them into the flooded city of Los Angeles. But could the concept actually happen?
Scientists say MAYBE!
Real-life "sharknados" have happened with animals such as small fish and jellyfish, frogs, and worms. Waterspouts lift the animals from the water and drop them ashore, often still alive.
Generally, waterspouts are too weak to lift up a full-size shark. But in a world with global warming, extreme conditions could generate a "super waterspout" that would have enough strength to pick up sharks.
A Sharknado sequel is in the works and the original will premiere in theaters this Friday!