Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents
The deaths of 5,000 blackbirds in Arkansas is one of several recent instances of mass animal deaths across the world.
January 7th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents

Five thousand blackbirds in Arkansas. One hundred pelicans near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Three hundred doves in Italy. Seventy bats in Tucson, Arizona. Thousands of fish in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States.

Google is now hosting a map of incidents of mass animal deaths around the world. Google Maps' distinctive blue balloons indicate where the deaths took place. Click on a balloon, and the map provides you with a link to a news report on the incident.

As of Friday afternoon, there were about 30 cases pinpointed on the search engine's mapping site, most of them in the U.S. and Europe.

Some might say it's getting spooky - and not just by conspiracy theorist standards - but experts tell CNN Radio that theories of UFOs and secret government weapons are, naturally, far-fetched.

In the case of the Arkansas blackbirds, wildlife buffs have said that a loud noise or other event may have precipitated the blunt-force trauma that killed the birds. Of all the notions about their deaths, Susie Kesielke, curator of birds at the Los Angeles Zoo, believes the theory that fireworks startled the birds is the most plausible.

“Blackbirds roost communally in the wintertime, and they sleep more soundly than most animals,” Kesielke said, adding that the birds were shocked awake and extremely disoriented.

Jonathan Sleeman, director of the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, said his office has investigated 16 mass bird deaths in the past 20 years.

“This is a bit unusual but not unique,” he explained. “Most of the cases involved pesticides or poison ingested by the birds, but trauma has also been found to be the cause of mass bird deaths."

Good to know experts aren't buying that Armageddon is upon us. Offering even more comfort is the blog Universe Today, which suggests that the deaths aren't so much strange as they are "a symptom of the digital age where news travels faster than you can say, 'The End is Nigh.' "

It cites a Time magazine article that details several strange mass animal deaths and wonders "if the internet age allows us to connect the dots where there are none to be connected."

As for connecting dots, the blog suggests that the map on Google could be laid on top of a "current global oil exploration map to test the hypothesis that the deaths could have been caused by ground-penetrating tomography."

In any case, it seems level heads are prevailing for now - at least until scads of humans succumb to spontaneous combustion.

“Until the sky turns red and there’s a plague of locusts, this event is not that unusual,” Sleeman said of the blackbirds.

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  1. Johnny

    Looking at the Map No non NATO country has been affected, only our Allies and the United States have been effected. So it's some sort of electronic transmission being tested. Most likely the HAARP. Looks like G.I. Joe has perfected the Weather Dominator and The Broadcast Energy Transmitter.

    January 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Karl

    When I saw this, I couldn't help but post it. 2nd Esdaras Chapter 5

    6 And even he shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:
    7 And the Sodomitish sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof.
    8 There shall be a confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruous women shall bring forth monsters:
    9 And salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber,

    January 8, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry Seward

      Yes! That's it! It's all coming together now! Thanks for fulfilling my expectation for the entertaining comments I hoped to see when clicking on the article link.

      January 8, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Yes, these men that wrote these words also thought the Earth was 5k years old.....and flat.

      January 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      ohhh geeeez....I knew someone try to bring god into this!

      January 8, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Who do you think wrote that was an old dude in the desert...he made it up then and it has been translated and re-written by the likes of the Emperor Constantine to suit the evil religious fanatics who place fear in the hearts of the meek and stupid.

      January 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Sprt

      So we should be on the look out for menstruous women bearing monsters next?

      January 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sargehah

      Call me stupid but what book is 2nd Esdaras in?

      January 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Total hog wash. More than like the birds hit a gas cloud or jet fuel. As far as the fish tons of things could explain that. If someone walks into a building tomorrow and kills 30 people that wouldn't be in the bible now would it? Same with these birds and the fish. Something or maybe even someone is responsible and it has an explanation.

      January 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DW

      There has been an alarming amount of NATURAL disasters over the last few years. I think the birds and the fish are dying due to the changing natural environment as humans are also affected by events like Haiti and Hurricane Katrina. Weather conditions will become more and more harsh due to global warming. The fish might have been affected by the cold weather we've been having.

      The weak shall pass first as global warming will impact everyone's lives. No one can escape the wrath of Mother Nature.

      January 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      Narrow minds enjoy criticism...

      January 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeIsUponUs

      Yup. You nailed it. All of these animals just got raptured. Looks like us humans are boned.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself,
      Yeah, I read the responses, we might not be friends, but you are trying to destroy Karl here.
      As witty as all you guys think you're being five minutes of google can tell you that even though this is a passage from a B.S. text, things are changing, magnetically oriented animals are washing up on shore everywhere and have been for year or two know in massive numbers. I wish I could be so egotistical to say "Humans are the cause," we were for most other things, but this is type of worldwide "unknown" death is as simple as magnetism.
      If only Jesus, or Nostradamus knew about a Magneto-sphere...

      January 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I feel there is truth in almost everything and everywhere. The signs are for those who see or will be willing to believe. Water is water, nothing special, but it is shown thT prayer and or positive energy can alter the molecular structure.......the oceans have been merging with freshwater in places where the environment is not respected. I am not an expert, butt look to palo alto and the east bay.....what is a salty marsh.....some things are meant to be separated. Fresh water is of a limited supply. This salinazation of our drinking water on earth is but one of the signs you mention. I don't think we should try to find too many science explanations on these species falling from the skies. Even if BP is to blame from the toxins in the oceans, it does not lesson the fact that it is happening. I think the canary in the coal mine is dying nd we all must put forth the positive energy that we might call prayer and heal the planet, and that means reconcile ourselves to all what has been done and look for truth in actions daily. Peace....

      January 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Light

      Actually the men who wrote that did not believe the earth was 5,000 years old and flat. I am guessing you were a C student at a weak public school Jared. It is however provocative to see the trends going on world wide, with the crumbling of economy, mass deaths of animals, and constant bickering it is obvious that we are in a difficult time. So the question I pose is this, is the time difficult because we make it so, or is it difficult because it was prophesied.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. littledebbieoatmealcookie

    the explosion that caused it maybe ... ??

    January 8, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard Allen

    interesting. had a large number of birds drop dead in Austin, TX a number of years ago, all in the downtown area. turned out to be naegleria. all the birds shared a common water source so they all got sick. this is not some biblical event. its just nature. things like this have always happened, its just now we have the means to track it.

    January 8, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jarrett

      So was nogeleria the cause for all the other places all over the world?

      January 8, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      I wish it would happen to more of the blackbirds in Austin. They are really annoying.

      January 8, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      all the birds that just died off, and the fish as well, were not sick, dieased or anything like that...

      January 8, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • kaparot

      there is a chance that the terrorists can build a selective virus which can kill only species with certain traits and if they can choose those traits they could kill any ethnic group they want ... 😐

      January 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms.Diaz

      @ richard allen..youre wrong my friend..its funny cause just like people are denying that this is one of the many signs jesus told us to pay attention to prior to his coming, people will also give silly explanations for the rapture when that happens..tring to say things like "the aliens took them" or "they died of some poison"...come on..wake should turn to jesus before its too think all the animals dying and the natural disasters are bad..just wait til after the sooo glad i wont be here to witness that mess..

      January 9, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • David Goliath

      @ Ms.Diaz...
      If you really want to spread the word of god and bring people onboard with your beliefs then you should think twice about throwing around the word "jesus" so quickly. It makes you sound crazy and/or a religious fanatic. This is not an effective way to share your opinion with others and try to convince them you are right. Right off the bat when I read your comment I laughed...You give jesus a bad name and make him look silly doing it your way. Use more subtlety and finesse...No disrespect, just real advice.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eskimo

      It wasn't nature that blew up the oil drill in the gulf of Mexico.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie


    January 8, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Viv

      That's what I have been thinking Debbie.

      January 8, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      That is the most logical, I think, Debbie. If it had been just one occurrance, I would agree with the 'nature' theory. However, with several such events happening so close together timewise, I think it is not logical to assume it's just a natural event. Even if the blackbirds had been shocked and disoriented, not ALL of them would have died.
      IMO, the most logical explanation is some sort of bioterrorism. Just my opinion.

      January 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    I've been following the story of the blackbirds since it was first reported on CNN. I watched a video of a reporter walking through a residential neighborhood showing single level houses and birds all over the ground. People reported the birds just fell from the sky. A few days later a report on CNN said that a loud noise scared the birds and that they flew into buildings which caused the blunt trauma killing them. That smelled of cover up if ever I've heard of a cover up...flew into buildings? There were no buildings in the residential neighborhood that the previous report showed, only single level houses, so if they flew into buildings, it would have to have been very low buildings and how do you account for birds on the roofs of these houses and eye witnesses saying they fell from the sky? I don't know what killed them but I sure don't believe the final report that says they flew into buildings. There's something fishy about that conclusion and that's what concerns me, why are officials lying about what killed these birds?

    January 8, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • brandonv

      January 8, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • SLTsherey

      Yes, and wouldn't one of the people that lived there have mentioned hearing a "loud noise" too? Why are there never any dead birds, etc. after sonic booms (which never fail to scare/startle me, let alone a creature 1/50th my size).

      January 8, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • are you kidding me?

      so by your comment, the residents of this residential neighborhood were living outdoors? Houses = buildings. I dont buy into reported reasons, but you sir bob, have taken the cake. if you are going to state an opinion, at least make sure that your facts are correct in your statement. Show me a neighborhod without buildings please.

      January 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • srobi

      One official even suggested that the birds flew into power lines. It's much easier to believe that we're not being told everything than to think the actual cause is some secret project. Too many people in power don't like to share information and don't think we have a right to it. They're more concerned with protecting their jobs than the population.

      January 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Also, would there not have been at lot of bird blood, bird feathers and bird GUTS all over these 'buildings' if many blackbirds were knocking themselves out by hitting them??

      January 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Because flying downward is impossible....

      January 12, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      I agree Bob! I also think it is strange this is all seems to be happening on and around the same two weeks. First they site weather, then loud noises, then trauma. So why don't birds fall from the sky on July 4th? There are far more fireworks then. Also, every bird got disoriented at the same time all over the world and crashed into a building? As for disease why would every animal die at the same time? Every bird would get a disease and all die at the same exact moment? Even with disease there can be slow progression, then a build up. This sounds like poison but by who? So scary.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kay

    Another interesting thought is take the google map with all the locations and compare it and/or place it on top of a seismologist map that shows all the recent Earthquake tremors. Its incredible how the bird/fish deaths are almost in the exact locations as recent tremors, especially on the New Madrid Fault line. I'm not saying this is what is happening, but I will say that this comparision is uncanning and really makes you think. My opinion is no one knows exactly what is causing these events, it is all pure speculation – especially from the so called "experts".

    January 8, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • brandonv

      this seems to make the most sense about whats happened. you be the judge

      January 8, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Conspirators make me sick... maybe the fish and the birds just committed suicide! This world does suck lol. And yes our government does hate us... but this is America, not some 3rd world country.

    January 8, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danny

    Those who believe in the unbelievable are always better prepared to handle the unbelievable when it happens.

    January 8, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • TaunyaD

      I love that quote Danny – can I steal it? (I'll credit you, of course.)

      January 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jane of the jungle

      hey wheres the "like"? i want to post this on my face book lmmfao

      January 9, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms.Diaz

      @ danny...its cause we believers are smart! eveyone else is either blind or foolish..

      January 9, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Stand

      ..for with God, nothing is impossible.. it's not possible, to be impossible.
      And with God, every promise shall come true, for we know surely all things HE can do.

      Praise God for His Wisdom, cause humans are so freaking stupid.
      I can't wait until Vain, Ignorant conversations like these no longer exist.

      January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |


      January 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Liz In dc

    Revelation 5;5 the 7 seals

    January 8, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms.Diaz

      thats not til after the rapture...not before it..

      January 9, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Thinkin out loud

    I don't know about the fish but I wonder what effect all the wireless communications transmissions have on birds? There has certainly been an increase in those over the past 15 years or so. I am no fish expert but perhaps those transmissions do travel through water and impact fish as well.

    January 8, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      Yes I have heard this too! It seems logical.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carolina

    For how much longer will the "official" media continue to deny what is obvious. I'm sure internet is tha cause for these news to spread and avoid the thight control kept to mantain people far from reality! CNN I don't believe you anything.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. brandonv

    this could be the most plausible scientific explanation, but beleive what you want.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • brandonv


      January 8, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. brandonv

    i dont believe it has any religious implications, but thats just me. i think there is more behind this that maybe the govt isnt telling us. its easy to believe that this is the end, but i remember after the haiti and chile earthquakes last year, a little bit after this time, people were quoting the bible and saying the world was going to end last year because of all the big earthquakes that happened in a span of less than 3 months. what happened with that was cnn heavily reported on an earthquake that was above 5.0 in a lot of different areas in the world, but soon stopped. why? could it be that it was part of a news cycle? i mean, the earthquakes didnt stop happening last year did they? yet cnn didnt report them after a while as there was more important news. i believe that although the numbers for these events are large, i think each has its own explanation and isnt really tied to one another and after these kills sort of calm down i think cnn and other news agencies will stop reporting them, and im sure the kills will still be happening like they have before. there is a trend with the map, just look for it. this may just be a news cycle, but i dont know. that is my opinion

    please dont assume what the truth is, search for the truth. sometimes you have to open your eyes to find what is really happening.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • braindeadv

      It was Assange telling the location of our waters to the terrosists to poison them.

      January 8, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms.Diaz

      to search the truth, you should really read the doesnt matter if what caused the animal deaths had something to do with pole shift or earthquakes..its still signs that jesus told us believers to look for prior to his coming....if you want real should really read the bible..imparticularly the book of revelation..

      January 9, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. brandonv×120495

    you always have to look at things from all sides before having an answer. this may not explain the simultaneous nature of events, but who knows how really 'simultaneous' these events are. as far as we know these things may have been happening for months before they were reported. please dont be ignorant to what the truth may be.

    January 8, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
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