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I have always been told to stay out of water during an electrical storm because of dangers of electrocution. Why is it that after a storm, there are no dead fish on the surface of lakes or oceans that have died from electrocution?



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The warning to stay out of the water during an electrical storm is a good one. Lightning will strike the highest available point in its effort to go to ground. If you are swimming or treading water at the water's surface when lightning strikes, that means YOU. Fish don't get hit because they are not swimming at the water's surface, and as such, are not high points.

Tom F Ihde



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