Over the last weeks, there have been reports from. at least, three different parts of the world about hundreds and thousands of dead black birds falling from the sky. In the US authorities blame it on the fireworks, in Australia its said to be some kind of poison and in Sweden a truck drivers has admitted to rolling over a flock of birds sitting in the middle of the road in the middle of the night. The preliminary findings shows that the birds have internal damage. However, the truth is still out there, and other explanations are far more entertaining.
David Price, who spotted the fish from his parents’ Roseville house, located on the banks of the river, pointed and says: “Over from down here at the bottom of the rocks, out maybe 40 or 50 feet, there were just thousands of fish along the shore-banks all the way around the river here.”
‘This is kind of amazing because the fish were about a pound and a half a piece,’ Price says.
Travis Harmon of the Department of Environmental Quality says: ‘Barges reported passing up river and churning up dead fish from the bottom of the river. A single species is killed, and we don’t know the cause. If it was toxic, other species would be affected.”
Toxic, What Toxic?
Fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals near Roseville to conduct tests.
People have been warned about eating the fish.
Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says that a mass fish kill happens from time to time, but this case is particularly unusual.
“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” he points out.
‘If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.”
Ozark, where the fish was found is about 125 miles west of the town of Beebe, where authorities still are trying to find out why about 5.000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky just before midnight New Year‘s Eve.
Biologists believe the bird deaths were stress-related from either fireworks or weather and are unrelated to the fish kill near Ozark, according to Mr Stephens.
Although the two incident occurred one after the other, Mr Stephens says he believe that they are unrelated.
- Thousands of fish found floating in Florida after cold snap
- 200 birds found dead on highway bridge in Texas
- 50 dead jackdaws found on city street in Sweden
- 100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish wash up dead on Brazilian coast
- Hundreds of fish dead in New Zealand
- In Britain, 40,000 devil crabs join list of casualties
More and more animals are being found dead as the mysterious spate of mass bird and fish deaths has turned into a global phenomenon.
The latest two separate incidents saw thousands of fish found floating in a creek in Florida and 200 birds found dead on a highway bridge in Texas.
Experts were yesterday carrying out tests on around 50 jackdaws found dead in a street in Falkoping, Sweden, that appear to have suffered the same fate as thousands of their cousins who fell from the sky in separate incidents in the US.
The Swedish newspaper “Expressen” reports today that the preliminary findings shows that the birds have internal damage. According to Swedish zoologist Marianne Elvander there is no sign of decreases or infections.
A Swedish truck driver have admitted to the police that he probably drove through a huge flock of birds sitting in the middle of the road on Monday night.
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