This is now beyond weird – its plain spooky. Reports of mass animal deaths keeps coming in. Any plausible explanations, however, is totally absent. On Tuesday, 200 cows was found death on a farm in Portage County, Wisconsin, USA. Cause of death is yet to be determined. Yesterday a large number of dead, half rotten, fish was found floating in the area around Stjernøya in northern Norway. And here neither fishermen or authorities are able to figure out what kind of fish it is.
“It was a sad sight, and the whole fjord smelled absolutely terrible. It became worse further up the fjord where large amounts of fish was floating, partially disintegrated. All down in the fjord, it looked as if there were large quantities of dead fish at the bottom.”
The Norwegian broadcasting Cooperation (NRK) reports of large amounts of dead fish found in Kjerringfjorden at Stjernøya in northern parts of Norway. At the moment, no ne can say where the fish originally comes from. And even more odd – no one can say for sure what kind of fish it is.
Local resident, Tor Mikkola, who first discovered the dead fish, tells NRK that it looked like herring at first, “but after looking a bit closer on some of them it looked more like saith,” he says.
These parts of Norway is traditionally populated by fishermen who usually knows what there is to know about fish.
Elisabeth Arild at the local FSA in Alta says that she is uncertain about what type of fish it is, based on the pictures she has seen.
“It is difficult to conclude anything just by looking at the pictures. It is perhaps small saith, that are not gutted. It may be from a fishing device that has been left there in where the fish has died,” she says, but points out that this is pure speculation.
The dead fish in the Norwegian fjord would not have been a big deal if it wasn’t for all the other cases of mass animal death being reported at the moment.
It happens from time to time that large amounts of fish gets killed by diseases, or other natural causes.
And there’s a lot of fish farming in the area. Last year one producer of salmon had to clean up 50 tons of fish who allegedly had died of hypoxia – lack of oxygen.
But the ting is; mass fish kills have also been reported in the US, Brazil and New Zealand, along with 40,000 dead crabs that washed ashore on the British beaches.
And now – cows.
200 Dead Cows
200 cows were found dead Friday on a farm in Portage County, Wisconsin, AP reports.
The dead cows had to be removed with semi-trucks. The rest of the farm has not been quarantined, as officials say no threat is posed toward humans or other animals.
The owner of the dead cows was working with a local veterinarian, who initially believed a virus such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) or bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) could be the culprit, according to The Wausau Daily Herald.
Tests are still underway to determine what is responsible.
(WSAW’s full video report here.)
Investigators are, however, still working to determine what caused the death of 200 steers in Portage County.
Many explanations have been offered for the various mass animal deaths, with everything from fireworks, semi-truck collisions, overeating and cold weather blamed for the birds’ deaths.
Cold weather has also been pinned to likely be the cause of many of the fish and crab deaths, as well.
According to some experts, mass animal deaths are not all that uncommon.
But the fact remains: There has been no exact and plausible explanation in any of these incidents.
As I said, this is now beyond weird.
Related by The Swapper:
- 200 Dead Cows Found In Wisconsin (huffingtonpost.com)
- Dead 100 fish add to animal mystery (thesun.co.uk)
- Hundreds of fish meet an icy death in frozen pond (dailymail.co.uk)
- Over 100 Dead Birds Found Near California Highway (huffingtonpost.com)