Sudden spike in clones but not in traffic

My repository suddenly got over 100 clones in a day, from 0-2. This lasted for a couple of days and then dropped again. A majority are from unique IPs. Meanwhile, traffic to the repo page and website is basically normal. What could be the cause of something like this? Is this real traffic? Is there a way to find the cause? The repository (PaddiM8/kalker) has 1k stars but I don’t think I even saw this many clones in a day when it reached the hackernews front page. This is super odd.