Massive Fish Kill in the Chesapeake Bay; Is American Wildlife Cursed?
Hundreds of thousands of small fish have died in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. This marks the fourth reported incident of mass wildlife death in the past week -- but at least this one has a simple explanation.
The Maryland Department of the Environment told The Washington Post that the giant fish kill, consisting mostly of croakers, occurred because of cold water stress in the bay, where temps have dropped rapidly to about 2 degrees Celsius.
And before any more conspiracy theories are suggested, the same bay had an earlier incident: 15 million spot fish died of winter stress in late January 1976.
Still, eyebrows must be raising.
Earlier this morning we reported that in addition to an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 red-winged blackbirds falling from the sky in Arkansas on the first day of 2011 (state officials blame blunt trauma), 500 more dead birds were found in Louisiana (cause of death still undetermined).
Not to mention that 100,000 drum fish died in a massive fish kill in the Arkansas River on New Year's Eve. The reason is still unclear, but researchers suggest that it's also because of harsh winter temps.
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