Police are investigating the mysterious case of a “flying fish” after a video has emerged capturing it smashing the windscreen of a car.
The video – which has since gone viral after being watched more than 1million times in less than 24 hours – captured the dramatic moment.
Car owner Ms Wang, from Yubei District in China’s southwestern municipality of Chongqing, reported the incident to the police after finding a large dent and cracks in her windscreen.
A dead fish measuring over 15 inches in length and weighing 4.4 pounds was found on the pavement next to Ms Wang’s vehicle, with some of the animal’s entrails left on the woman’s car.
In the clip, cars are seen parked at the side of the road during the daytime.
Suddenly, the fish enters the shot and bounces off a yellow car’s windscreen and bonnet, instantly smashing it.
One man turns around in shock after the indicent unravelled.
Officers inspecting CCTV camera footage from Jinyu Road were surprised to see the fish appearing to “fly” into frame from above before landing on Ms Wang’s car, smashing in the windscreen.
Investigators with Huixing Police Station were not able to determine whether the fish was dead or alive at the time of the incident.
Social media users guessed that the fish likely sprung from a kitchen window while being gutted
But the police have now dubbed the animal the “flying fish”, and said an inspection of the neighbouring area – including the high-rise tower block next to Ms Wang’s parked car – turned up no suspects.
Officers are still investigating the case which has left them and members of the public puzzled.
It is unclear whether Ms Wang’s car insurance will be willing to pay out given the murky circumstances behind the incident.
By Katy Gill