Mass fish die-off was reported at Kvaenes beach in Kvænes, Tromsø, in the northerly district of Nordreisa, Norway on Dec 31th according to local media Nordlys and Dagbladet. The cause of death is currently unknown. Scientists are looking for a possible reasons to see if they were driven to their death by a predator or simply swept ashore by a storm. Locals are more worried about the smell: unless someone cleans up the mess quick, Nordreisa will start to choke in herring smell.
Kvænes beach near the city of Tromsø is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream which originates at the tip of Florida. Locals point that something similar happened in the 80′s, and there is speculation among others on the river which flows into the ocean behind a promontory on the site that may have had something to do with it. Experts have said the school could have been trapped by tidal waters after predatory fish – such as coalfish – chased them towards the shoreline.
Last month 25 dead horses were discovered at the bottom of a cliff near Glenn Innes, New England. On Sunday, 200 blackbirds mysteriously fell from the sky in a small town of Beebe, Arkansas – although officials again give firecrackers as cause of mass death. It looks like the last year's mass animal deaths scenario is repeating again.
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