Here we go again! 2011 opened the year with thousands of birds falling from the sky, beached crabs, and belly-up floating fish. It’s the first week of 2012, and the same phenomenon is occurring. Are we seeing a trend or an omen?
New Year’s Eve, almost one hundred birds fell to their deaths in the same city; Beebe, Arkansas, exactly one year after 5000 of the blackbirds met their demise.
In Norway, an estimated 20 tons of dead herring washed up on the coast, then mysteriously disappeared. What is it with the New Year and the ominous mass death of wild life?
The fish were found on the northern coast of Norway on New Year’s Eve. Local resident Jan-Petter Jorgensen, discovered the mountain of sunning carcasses when he was taking a walk. “People say that something similar happened in the 80’s. Maybe the fish have been caught in a deprived oxygen environment and then died of fresh water?” Jorgensen surmised.
As mysteriously as the fish appeared, they disappeared just as quickly. It is theorized that coastal tidewaters likely moved the massive mound of smelt back into the North Sea.
Jens Christian Holst of Norway’s Institute of Marine Research stated that the death and size of the school of herring were unusual , but that there were many explainable factors. Some of the retrieved fish have been taken to the institute to rule out toxic poisoning. Other factors could be: a powerful current from an offshore storm, a large predator, or a perfect storm of both influences.