Move over, Sharknado.
Residents of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia are bravely venturing outdoors to capture seemingly infinite mosquitoes swarm the eastern coast, which meets the Bering Sea of the North Pacific.
In a nightmarish turn of events, a video obtained by East2West news also sees millions of mosquitoes amass and swirl to form tornadic pillars.
That’s right — a behemoth whirlwind of blood-sucking gnats.
From afar, viewers would guess it’s simply dirt and debris being swept up in a storm, but up-close footage reveals the apocalyptic reality.
Alexei, from Ust-Kamchatsk, told East2West that the “cloud” of mosquitoes appears to endure “for several hundred meters” during a recent drive, in which he saw several “giant pillars” of mosquitos.
“I could hardly see the road,” he said.
Alexei added that the mosquito “tornado[es]” would appear to disassemble, then reform a new funnel that appeared to reach the dark clouds above, he described.
Local media in Kamchatka reported on the bizarre phenomenon, which experts have claimed is a regular occurrence in the region.
“These are male mosquitoes swarming around one of several females in order to mate — there is nothing wrong with this,” said entomologist Lyudmila Lobkova, speaking to Kamchatka Inform, according to The Siberian Times.
Experts also insist that the throngs of mosquitoes won’t, say, amass to form a hive organism bent on revenge against DEET-wielding humans.
Previous reports on the phenomenon have explained how climate change is driving the infestation in Siberia, by providing mosquitoes with a prolonged mating season thanks to rising temperatures.
Terrifying swarms of insects are reported globally year-round, such as in 2019 when a horde of dragonflies grew so large that the mass was picked up by National Weather Service radar in the Midwest.
While many of the reported swarming events are either harmless or to be expected, headlines have grown increasingly dire in recent years. Since 2020, international news outlets have reported on a “plague” of locusts that have wreaked havoc on parts of East Africa and the Horn — devastating food crops and exacerbating the enduring hunger crisis in the region.
Originally published at https://nypost.com/2021/07/19/warms-of-mosquitoes-transform-into-a-mosquito-tornado/ on .