in Little Rock, AR as a wave of strange animal deaths spread
across the world.
With the rash of mass animal deaths in the news recently I felt compelled to write something up on it and share my opinions on what’s going on.
It all started last week when over 100,000 dead fish had been found washed up on a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas river. The dead fish in question were all of a single species called the drum fish and most weighed about one or two pounds. Experts said that disease was most likely the cause but officials were sent in to investigate anyways. But if it was a toxin in the water the entire ecosystem of the river would have been affected, not just one species of fish.
But it gets weirder. The following day (Dec. 31) thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky over Little Rock, only 125 miles away. Straight out of a scene from a horror movie, thousands of birds littered the Little Rock area and state wildlife employees in hazmat suits were sent in to clean up and access the situation. And Little Rock wasn’t the only southern town to be hit bit this strange phenomena. Nearly 500 blackbirds were found dead near the Louisiana community of Labarre that same week.
High winds and tornadoes did hit Arkansas on New Years eve and state officials believe this is the cause of the strange incidents. Unfortunately that’s not the end of the occurences and other spots all over the world started witnessing the same thing. In Chili over 1,500 endangered birds, Sooty Shearwater, were found dead off the coast. It appeared they had fell out of the sky in a similar way that the Little Rock blackbirds did. Granted there was a large earthquake off the coast of Chile recently, but the shear coincidences just seem to strange to ignore.
And just when you thought the bibilical plagues ended, Sweden had to get in the mix. A large number of dead birds were found in the city of Falkoping earlier this week. Necropsies were done on several birds and it was said they died due to “sudden, hard external blows”.
Not wanting to be outdone by the inventors of Ikea, over two million fish were found dead in the Chesapeake Bay area, mostly a species called the spot fish and these were all juvenile about 3-6 inches in length. Officials say this isn’t the first time there’s been a killing. Both in 1976 and 1980 large winter kills of spot fish have occurred.
So what the hell is going on? With the Mayan Calendar ending on Dec. 21, 2012 which, as some conspiracy theorists want you to believe, could these be signs that Armageddon is approaching? Or are these just a bunch of coincidences, fueled by the paranoia of conspiracy theorists? I wish I knew. Part of me wants to chalk it up to just nature taking it’s course, but then at the same time it seems so unnatural that there are these large amounts of animals dying. Sure one seems a little strange, but when you have six in the United States alone it just seems pretty damn weird.
Personally I like a friend of mine, Travis Sheridan, opinion on what happened. The dead birds were nothing more than God playing Angry Birds against the Wal-Mart HQ in Arkansas due to the public relations fiasco that resulted in the Wal-Mart’s Fighting Hunger campaign here in Fresno.