The animals and fish had gotten bored with their lifestyles and decided to switch places: the fish would live on the land, and the animals in the sea.
The result was a complete disaster.
As the fish came crawling over the land, eagles and hawks swooped down and devoured them.
The animals, meanwhile, couldn't breathe underwater, and most of them couldn't even swim, and thus they died in the sea.
"We need to go back to the land!" cried the surviving animals.
"And we need to go back to the sea!" cried the surviving fish.
They never switched places again.
Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: Here is an illustration for the story by Carruthers Gould.