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. Thousands?

    Thousands of fish were pushed on shore by a predator?

    January 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • I blame China's pollution.

      China did it.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BlueDestiny

    Google turned up 2 recent events right away, there were more... and yep, lack of oxygen... journalists who can't even Google for any semblance of research:

    Florida 2/2011 thousands of fish wash ashore due to lack of oxygen when they swim close to shore in large numbers.

    Massachusetts 10/2010 thousands of fish wash ashore due to lack of oxygen caused by warm waters.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • BlueDestiny

      P.S. These prior events were covered by CNN, too, which is why I remembered them. gg journalists.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. unclesam82

    bush did it

    January 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Taxman

    The were disoriented and swam ashore because of the Norwegian fireworks bringing in the New Year

    January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. unclesam82

    Capitalism's fault. Darn 1%ers

    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Puckles

    BlueDestiny: Sorry, but these events are NOT normal. Freak events,such as these, have been occurring at an UNPRECEDENTED rate. Its simple, the earth IS being destroyed by mankind. The governments and big business are destroying the earth. As time progresses, we will continue to see more and more catastrophic events occur. This is not yelling that the "sky is falling." It is merely being realistic and refusing to bury my head in the sand and continue to live in a fantasy world. When you are unable to put food on your table, you will finally realize this, only then it will be too late. It is sad that the masses of people are like you: sheep, lemmings and drones who are failing to educate themselves about what is REALLY taking place on the earth right now and are allowing their governments and big businesses to do as they please. BTW, there are many scientists who are willing to take a pay off and come up with some ridiculous explanation for the fish dying off, such as too many of them swimming close together and depleting the o2. I guess all it takes for the masses is for a couple of scientist who are being payed off by politicians and big business to make a public declaration that all is well, and you masses are satisfied and can get back to watching the next episode of Jersey Shore.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tony

      So, exactly how did the banks kill the herring?

      January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      Heeeere we Go.......!!!!!

      January 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      @Tony, There have been multiple oil spills, not covered on CNN, lately. Last I heard, the oil companies are big businesses and destroying the environment for profit.

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

      All IS well...and I should know. I am a scientist on the payroll of a big bank. We foreclosed on the herring.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polis

      Ummm... the oxygen theory is not ridiculous in the least. You obviously have no idea how fish function or how water holds oxygen. Also, FYI, the Mayan calendar ended in 2012 because the massive disc they found ran out of room to put more years on it.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ialsoagree

      CNNuthin, over 90% of the oil in oceans comes from minor leaks and drains. Cars in parking lots leaking oil, people draining oil in their drive way, and other improper forms of oil disposal that result in oil being washed into storm drains, water ways, and eventually to the ocean.

      While I do think we as a species are severly damaging the environment, and that many businesses don't particularly care, people are often misinformed about the real problems because the real problems aren't big and glamorous. The problem isn't oil rigs and deep sea drilling or drunk oil tanker captains, the problem is everyday people who don't bother to make sure their car is in good repair, or don't bother to properly dispose of hazardous materials.

      There's 350 million people in the US. There isn't 1/10th that in corporations. Every corporation would have to be grossly neglegant to have a chance of matching the damage 350 million ignorant people can achieve.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rev Gary Pitser

    This is found in the Bible Hosea Chapter 4 verse 1 thru 4 This will continue to happen all over the globe.

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

      repent repent

      January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Life

      Slavery is also found in the Bible, but that... oh wait normal people had to stop you Christians from owning slaves. My mistake.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CNNuthin

    It is all a ploy to draw attention away from the secret events that are happening. I smell a Red Herring...

    January 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. kamic

    Thousands of fish whashed ashore by a predator?
    Sometimes when you have nothing intelligent to say, you just shut up!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KBNJ

    Hmmm...just looked up where this is supposed to have happened, and it's well above the arctic circle. Seems like an awfully bright day in the picture for this time of year, doesn't it? Anyone know why?

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

      Well for starters, perhaps because you're wrong? This isn't in the arctic circle?

      The arctic circle runs from 66 degrees, 33 minutes, 44 seconds north to 90 degrees north.

      This happened at 63 degrees, 0 minutes, 22 seconds north, or over 3 degrees SOUTH of the arctic ricle.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • KBNJ

      According to "Views and News", Kvænnes Beach is in Nordreisa, Troms County in NORTHERN Norway. Google Earth says that's around 70 deg N. I don't mind being wrong, but I do mind rudeness.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      KBNJ, we passed the winter solstice on 21 December, 2011. Since then the southernmost locations within the arctic circle began to have minimal periods of daytime. By now it's possible that location may have an hour or two of daylight. I'm not sure how quickly the daylight increases as you go north though.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanbean

      Nordreisa sunrise/sunset Sunrise & Sunset
      11:08 AM
      12:13 PM

      Real easy to find on the internets for all you conspiracy theorists.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Grumpar

    This type of thing has been going on forever. The only difference is now we have modern communications and the internet to shove the "news" around the world to make gullible people go, Hmmm, wow what's going on.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • chris

      Bingo.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kamic

      You can only see as far as your nose! This is a ridiculous comment people say when they have no reasonning!

      January 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. What!?

    I'm pretty sure it was Anders Breivik..

    January 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. awdam

    free food!!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Grumpar

    The photo is deceptive. Most of the stuff in the background are rocks, not fish.

    January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anders Breivik

      I don't know. That mass that looks like a snow-covered mountain looks a lot like a pile of fish at this distance.

      January 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • eva68

      You seem pretty confident about this statement. How do you know it's not fish? Are you there? and if you are there how many fish would you estimate that are really out there on the beach? I am just curious as to how accurate the article really is.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vultrong

    Isn't Norway supposed to be dark at this time of year?

    January 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pamela

      If you look at a globe, you will see that half of Norway is below the Artic Circle, which means that part of Norway gets a few hours of sunlight every day.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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