Tons of dead fish appear on, then disappear from Norwegian beach
A dog walks among tons of dead herring that washed up on a beach at Kvaenes in northern Norway on New Year's Eve.
January 4th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Tons of dead fish appear on, then disappear from Norwegian beach

Tons of dead herring that washed up on a Norwegian beach on New Year's Eve are now gone, and no one is sure how they got there or where they went.

Local resident Jan-Petter Jorgensen told Norway's TV2 he went to look at the thousands and thousands of fish after seeing a Facebook posting about them, according to a report on The Foreigner.

Joregensen said it was fortunate the icy cold prevented the mass of dead fish from raising a stink.

“It is 15 degrees below zero today, so the cold means they don’t smell. Nevertheless, the smell will be pretty intense in the long run,” he said, according to The Foreigner report.

Turns out that wasn't a problem. Views and News from Norway reports that as of Tuesday, most of the dead fish were gone, perhaps pushed out to sea by tides and winds. The local mayor said they'll likely sink in the ocean, according to the report.

Why they came to be on the shore remains a mystery.

Jens Christian Holst of the Institute of Marine Research in Norway told Norwegian Broadcasting the herring may have been chased ashore by predators, the Views and News report said.

“In this area, we know there is a lot of (pollock) that graze on (herring),” he said.

Seems like a reasonable explanation.

Of course, on the Web there are always more troubling theories around, including that the deaths could be the first sign the end of the world is coming in 2012, as some believe ancient Mayan prophecy predicts.

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  1. JonathanL

    it is also common for fish on ice to revive. Maybe they were just sleeping and swam away during high tide. Or the Chinese swept in during the night with a streetsweeper and took em back to the maniland. Many possibilities. Maybe they will see pickled herring on their local menus for the next 3 years. Should we pray for the fish or if it turns out there is no God, should we sit around just hoping? Or should we just give up entirely and forget the entire thing here? What are we supposed to do about this?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Epidi

    @ babtistjohn – LOL. How exactly are these fish multiplying? They're dead & then they're gone. That would imply increase the way you state your comment. That is not the case here.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. El Jefe

    Sounds like a clear-cut case of teleportation. Nothing new here. Oops, wait, I forgot its only 2012 here. Nevermind, I don't have any explaination.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. KBNJ

    What's more astonishing than this story is that there isn't a SINGLE post (yet) blaming this on...OK, I'm not going to ruin it! Happy New Year!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Another American who is FED up!!

    wow!!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. svann

    I blame OWS.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KBNJ

      Seems all the Herrings got together on FishBook and decided to Occupy the Beach,

      January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the law

    Humans did this.. did they collect a few and check for poisons.....

    January 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KBNJ

      BAD Humans, BAD! Let's send them all to their rooms!

      January 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BBoy

    Herring today gone tomorrow!

    January 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. banasy©

    Hello, Astarte, I'm fine.
    And how are you?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. banasy©

    @saywhat:
    I'm good. And you?

    ________________________________________
    pensimmon is correct.
    That people keep taking the Mayan calendar and getting it so completely wrong amuses me to no end.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JohnnybeBad

    There were similar reports last year of birds falling from the sky, fish washing up on shores dead from all around the world. Now its occurring once again?

    January 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. .com cop

    @five 0 actually the montana and Idaio rockies,alot cheaper and just as or more beautiful
    @banasY the doom and gloom will say thex got the date wrong

    January 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bob

    Obama has to be the one to blame for this.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Aaron

    George Bush did it! ...man, you people are slow.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CSMinDC

      Get real. Someone shot off fireworks in the water like they did in Arkansas.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kude

    "Of course, on the Web there are always more troubling theories around, including that the deaths could be the first sign the end of the world is coming in 2012, as some believe ancient Mayan prophecy predicts."

    Anyone remember the Arizona blackbirds last year? End of the world then too?

    January 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul Pena

      Oh you think the world has been going in a BETTER direction since then?

      January 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juli

      The "Arizona blackbirds" was actually in Arkansas, and it, as well as this, is just another example of mother nature's glitches– sometimes a species just has to have a massive die off; most of the time the cycles wax and wane slow enough that we don't notice, and every now and then things get to the breaking point and there's a drastic effect. It actually happens a lot more than people realize.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocco

      yeah check the news, it happened again with the blackbirds on the SAME day, then this on the SAME DAY, if youre not a believer, that maybe enough to make you think twice! very unusual.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ialsoagree

      Paul Pena, oh, you think it's impossible for things that are going bad to start to go better?

      January 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ialsoagree

      rocco, no, it's not enough to make me think twice.

      Statistically speaking, something like this was bound to happen eventually, and it would have been more impressive if it NEVER happened, since THAT would be extremely rare.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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