Thursday, January 6, 2011

Over 2 Million Fishes & Birds Die of Unknown Causes in a Week Worldwide! Sign of the Times?

As if it wasn't shocking enough when we learnt about all those black birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas, for no reason and then a few miles away, a few days later, about 100,000 fish washed ashore dead with also no plausible cause and it all spirals down hill from there. Let us do a brief recap of the sequence of events.

Since December 30th, 2010, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 100 tons of dead Sardines, Croaker and Catfish have washed ashore.

December 31st 2010, in Beebe, Arkansas, about 5000 Redwing blackbirds and at least 1 duck fell dead from the sky. Cause of death so far is attributed to some sort of undecided trauma.

January 3rd, 2011, 100,000 Drum fish were found dead on the shores of the Arkansas River miles from where the blackbirds were found. Cause of death is so far undetermined.

January 4th, 2011, Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana, USA, about 500 Redwing blackbirds fall dead from the sky and are found scattered along a quarter-mile portion of the highway. Cause of death, trauma.

January 4th, 2011, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, hundreds of dead fish are found dead on the north end of the St. Claire River. Cause of death, temperature shock (whatever that is) and officials claim that such die-offs are not unusual.

January 5th, 2011, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA, an estimated 2 million fish are found dead. Cause of death "cold water stress" (whatever that is too). The affected fish are almost exclusive to one specie (Juvenile spot fish) and an investigation is on-going.

January 5th, 2011, Falkoeping, West Sweden, 50 to 100 Jackdaws, a type of crow, were found dead in a snow covered street. Cause of death, unknown.

January 5th, 2011, Kent, England, 40,000 Devil crabs were found dead on the Kent coast. Cause of dead, hypothermia.

And January 5th, 2011, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, hundreds of Snapper fish washed up dead ashore at local beaches and many of them missing eyes. I'm not even going to mess with this one.

None of these animals have been so far found to be carrying any diseases or to have been poisoned in anyway. And none of these cases have been found to be related either.

This could all be a series of eerie coincidences or not. This might be as natural as a dog barking but because the world is more connected we get to hear these things now. Or this could be a very clear sign that the environment and climate is changing so much that it has begun to traumatize and kill its inhabitants. And the most sinister, this might be a prelude to the foretold impending danger of extinction level event 2012. Your choice to make on what it means and does not but as for me, I just love that I am part of the generation that might be the defining one of mankind or it's last.

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  1. Hey! This is the first time I stop by :P
    I appreciate the fact that you also comment on environmental related issues :D If that trend continues, I might become a frequent reader! Thanks a lot.

  2. I'm glad I am able to touch matters that are of importance to you and other readers TJ. I will continue to try to address real issues and look forward to your comments.